Matsui, Ichiro

    Company: Osaka City

    Family Name: Matsui

    Given Name: Ichiro

    Party: Japan Innovation Party

    Role: Japan Innovation Party President and Mayor of Osaka City

    IR Stance: Advocate

    Profile: After an early career as a businessman, Matsui spent three terms as a ruling party prefectural assemblyman. In 2010 he shifted his membership to the Osaka Restoration Association and became the political partner of the movement’s founder, Toru Hashimoto. Matsui became Hashimoto’s successor as governor in 2011, and later his successor as head of the regional Osaka Restoration Association and the national Japan Innovation Party. Remaining as the party leader, in April 2019 gave up the governorship and successfully ran to become Osaka mayor.

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