Family Name: Iwaya
Given Name: Takeshi
Party: Liberal Democratic Party
Role: Minister of Defense
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Until his appointment as Minister of Defense in October 2018, Iwaya was one of the most prominent advocates of the establishment of Integrated Resorts in Japan, serving as secretary-general of the parliamentary league calling for such a policy. Iwaya has been elected eight times to the House of Representatives from Oita Prefecture.
Takeshi Iwaya, a leader of the parliamentarian efforts to pass the IR Implementation Bill, has been selected by the prime minister to become the new Minister of Defense.
Japan’s largest weekly news magazine by circulation, Shukan Bunshun, has published an article accusing Caesars Entertainment of engaging in a practice which they contend effectively amounts to the bribery of Japanese politicians, but which Caesars argues is an accepted and legal practice.
On the issue of IR development in Japan, the Shinzo Abe government has, from start to finish, acted like a political bulldozer, assuming that the opposition parties and the majority opinion of the Japanese people could simply be swept aside by overwhelming force. This approach has indeed taken them a long way forward, but the costs are now mounting and the limits may be in sight.