|Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan|
27 September 2004 - 31 October 2005
|Senior Vice Minister of Finance|
21 September 2001 - 30 September 2002
|Born||2 October 1940|
Kaseda, Kagoshima, Japan
|Alma mater||University of Tokyo|
|Internal Affairs||Heiz? Takenaka|
|Foreign Affairs||Taro Aso|
|Ministers of State||Tetsuo Kutsukake, Kaoru Yosano, Koki Chuma, Iwao Matsuda, Kuniko Inoguchi|
From his own account, Otsuji was unhappy with university education. Reflecting on his youth as en elderly politician, he noted the social unrest at the time and protests against the government of Prime Minister Kishi, and said that lectures were rarely held and there was no worthwhile education to be had. Instead, he took the time to travel the world and visited close to 80 countries over a period of five years. In 1971 he returned to Japan and officially withdrew from Tokyo University and returned to Kagoshima.
He served as Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Management and Coordination in 1992 and became Vice Minister for Okinawa Development in 1994. He was selected to served as Vice Minister of Financial Affairs in 2003 in the cabinet of Prime Minister Junichir? Koizumi and became the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2004.
Otsuji is also the author of several books, including "Africa Travel Diary" and "Going to Bokemon World." "Bokemon" is a word from the Kagoshima dialect of Japanese meaning "recklessly strong".
|House of Councillors|
| Member of the House of Councillors by proportional representation
| Member of the House of Councillors from Kagoshima
| Vice-President of the House of Councillors of Japan
| Chair, Budget Committee of House of Councillors of Japan
| Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
|Party political offices|
| Chair, Liberal Democratic Party House of Councillors' Committee