Gaku Hashimoto ( ?, Hashimoto Gaku, born February 5, 1974) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).
Member of a political dynasty
A native of S?ja, Okayama, Gaku Hashimoto is the son of a former Prime Minister of Japan, Ryutaro Hashimoto, and the grandson of Ryugo Hashimoto, also a member of the House of Representatives.
His uncle Daijiro Hashimoto is a former governor of K?chi Prefecture. His mother Kumiko Nakamura belongs to another dynasty, the Nakamura family.
His great-grandfather Utaro Hashimoto headed the quasi-monopolistic Dai-Nippon Beer Company, Ltd., which is now Sapporo Brewery.
Hashimoto attended the Keio University as both undergraduate and graduate, and joined the Mitsubishi Research Institute.
In 2005, Hashimoto was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time. He also served as Member, Special Committee on Okinawa and Northern Problems, Director, Special Committee on Anti-Piracy Measures, Prevention of International Terrorism, and Japan's Cooperation and Support, Director, Committee on Internal Affairs and Communications.
Hashimoto is affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi, and a member of the following right-wing groups in the Diet:
- Nippon Kaigi Diet discussion group ( - Nippon kaigi kokkai giin kondankai)
- Conference of parliamentarians on the Shinto Association of Spiritual Leadership (? - Shinto Seiji Renmei Kokkai Giin Kondankai) - NB: SAS a.k.a. Sinseiren, Shinto Political League
- 83 Group (83?)
Hashimoto gave the following answers to the questionnaire submitted by Mainichi to parliamentarians:
- In 2012:
- in favor of the revision of the Constitution
- in favor of the right of collective self-defense (revision of Article 9)
- against the reform of the National assembly (unicameral instead of bicameral)
- in favor of reactivating nuclear power plants
- against the goal of zero nuclear power by 2030s
- in favor of the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (Okinawa)
- against evaluating the purchase of Senkaku Islands by the Government
- in favor of a strong attitude versus China
- no answer regarding the participation of Japan to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- in favor of considering a nuclear-armed Japan in the future
- against the reform of the Imperial Household that would allow women to retain their Imperial status even after marriage
- In 2014: