Originally from Oita, Takashima had a career as a television announcer before his first election as mayor, with the support of conservative political parties, in 2010. At that time he was the youngest elected mayor in Fukuoka's history.
In 1964, Kanetsuna founded the construction and development company that would later be named Shinnihon Corporation. He spent his entire career in the business, based in Chiba city. In August 2019, he also became president of MICE IR Chiba.
Okamoto spent most of his career working for the Kintetsu Railway company before leaving in 2009 to lead Mie Kotsu Group Holdings. Additionally, he became Chairman of the Mie Prefectural Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2016.
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