Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare Yoichi Masuzoe of Japan

Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe expressed his intention Wednesday to seek a settlement in the lawsuits filed by hepatitis patients over tainted blood products, including an official apology and financial assistance.
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Masuzoe was born in Kitakyūshū on 29 November 1948.
In August 2007, Masuzoe was appointed as Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.
In the Cabinet of Prime Minister Taro Aso, appointed on 24 September 2008, Masuzoe was retained as Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Masuzoe has appeared on a number of TV discussion programmes, including Asa made nama Terebi (late-night live TV programme with lively discussion of political issues) and TV Tackle, a humorous political discussion show hosted by Beat Takeshi.
Yoichi Masuzoe is a senior Government MP and a key figure in the Government's Policy Research Council.
SHANE MCLEOD: Mr Masuzoe says an immediate response will be laws that go before Parliament soon.
Mr Masuzoe is now charged with implementing the Prime Minister's ambitious strategy of pledging to clean it up.
Fukuda brushed off reports of such a move, telling reporters at his office that Masuzoe has been doing "a good job" in dealing with the problem.
Minister Masuzoe is working hard to resolve this issue and I look forward to his continued work," Fukuda said.
TOKYO (Thomson Financial) - Japanese Health Minister Yoichi Masuzoe said Tuesday Chinese-made dumplings may have been deliberately poisoned with pesticide as the number of Japanese reporting illness reached the thousands.
The number of corporate employee pension records discovered to have been tampered with by the Social Insurance Agency is expected to greatly increase to more than 1 million as the Health Labor and Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe said Friday the number was likely to be much higher than previously claimed.
In September, Masuzoe said at least 69,000 pension records amended via the SIA's online pension data system had been tampered with.
However, Masuzoe said during the press conference Friday that the pension records could still have been tampered with even if they had not been amended in all three ways.
Masuzoe said 156,000 cases showed the first pattern of amendment; 750,000 cases, the second pattern; and 533,000 cases, the third.
Referring to a ministry survey that showed around 85,000 non-regular workers have so far lost or are set to lose their jobs by March, Masuzoe said that Japan's economy "has been worsening at an extremely high speed.
a member of the House of Councillors and director of the Masuzoe Institute of Political Economy.
Masuzoe has written numerous books on politics and economics.
As the opposition prepared to attack the government, health minister Yoichi Masuzoe said Wednesday the ministry identified eight people who may have been infected with the hepatitis C virus through tainted-blood products.
Masuzoe said this was because the term self-defence includes the notion of collective self-defence.
Masuzoe denied that the reference to making efforts for international peace was intended to make it easier for Japan to send its military abroad.
CHINESE-made dumplings poisoned with pesticide may have been contaminated deliberately, Japan's Health Minister Yoichi Masuzoe said today.
Health Minister Yoichi Masuzoe said that pointed to deliberate poisoning, rather than accidental contamination.
Liberal Democratic Party politician Yoichi Masuzoe says Takedas proposal is ridiculous, because it would favor former aristocrats, many with tenuous blood links to long-ago emperors, over contemporary female descendants of recent sovereigns.
Tents in the park came down on Monday but Labour Minister Yoichi Masuzoe said the ministry had secured new shelters where the 500 jobless who had stayed there could move.