Japan’s incoming prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has chosen 77-year-old former bureaucrat Hirohisa Fujii as his finance minister, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Hatoyama, who is set to become premier on Wednesday, made the decision late Monday to nominate Fujii, a senior adviser to his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the Nikkei business daily reported without naming its sources.
Fujii has been vocal in attacking the outgoing government’s stimulus package, vowing to redirect what his party deems to be wasteful spending.
His name emerged last month as the front-runner for the key position but some local media had reported in recent days that party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa, the DPJ’s incoming secretary general, was cautious about the choice.
Fujii was finance minister for about 10 months in 1993-94 after he left the long-ruling conservatives to join a short-lived coalition government.
A law graduate of the prestigious University of Tokyo, he spent more than two decades with the finance ministry before turning his hand to politics, winning a seat in parliament for the first time in 1977 with the LDP.
The Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday that the front-runner for trade and industry minister was Masayuki Naoshima, a 63-year-old former senior trade union member.