Family Name: Ishii
Given Name: Keiichi
Role: Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
IR Stance: Advocate
Profile: Ishii spent his early career as a Construction Ministry bureaucrat before resigning to become a politician of the Komeito Party. In October 2015, he became Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. During the debates leading to the July 2018 enactment of the IR Implementation Bill, Ishii had primary responsibility to explain the need for the legislation.
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii has announced that the number of takeoff and landing slots at Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport will be increased by 20%, effective next spring.
As part of his Golden Week travels abroad Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii visited two IRs in Macau for research purposes on May 3. Specifically, he was given tours of Melco’s City of Dreams and Wynn Palace in the Cotai Strip.
On Thursday afternoon the Japanese Diet took the penultimate step toward the legalization of casino gambling as the IR Implementation Bill was approved by the Cabinet Committee of the House of Councillors. The only step remaining is passage of the legislation through a plenary session of the House of Councillors, expected to take place on Friday.
Much of the Japanese news media has prominently featured denunciations launched by opposition lawmakers at Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii for his decision to spend six hours on Tuesday attending House of Councillors committee debate on the IR bill rather than prioritize management of the flood disaster in western Japan.
Over the fierce protests of opposition lawmakers, deliberations on the IR Implementation Bill kicked off on Tuesday within the Cabinet Committee of the House of Councillors.
Anticipating a tough fight ahead with the opposition parties over the IR Implementation Bill, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party opted for a 32-day extension of the Ordinary Diet Session to July 22.
With the IR Implementation Bill having been rammed through the Cabinet Committee on Friday, June 15, it is now expected that it will be passed through a plenary session of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 19, over the fierce objections of opposition parties.
Fresh opposition party maneuvers now appear likely to prevent passage this week of the IR Implementation Bill through the House of Representatives.
Five House of Representatives lawmakers from five separate opposition parties held a press conference within the Diet Building on June 12 in a last ditch attempt to prevent the passage of the IR Implementation Bill through the Lower House.
The long-awaited parliamentary debate on the IR Implementation Bill began Tuesday in a plenary session of the House of Representatives, but on the very eve of its commencement a revelation regarding one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s swirling scandals shook the government anew.