Today, we have representative Yoshio Maki, acting secretary-general for People’s Life First Party. The party has been formed on July 11, 2012 as it broke off from the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which passed the Consumption Tax Hike bill. Former DPJ Leader Ichiro Ozawa formed People’s Life First Party, which was the slogan for the DPJ.
Representative Yoshio Maki was born and raised in Nagoya, Aichi. He studied philosophy at Sophia University in Tokyo. He served as a secretary for Representative Kunio Hatoyama, and he run in the 2000 general election for the House of Representatives. Since then, he has been elected four times consecutively.
Last year, Rep. Maki was appointed as vice-minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. But in March, he resigned the post as an opposition to the cabinet’s decision to raise consumption tax. He then voted against the consumption tax hike bill.
Rep. Maki is acting general secretary of the new People’s Life First Party, and he is responsible for the party’s policy platform.
In the interview, Rep. Maki shared with us the general direction of the new party regarding the following topics: foreign policy (Japan-U.S., China threat), economy (deflation, TPP), energy policy (anti-nuclear dependence), and regional sovereignty.