|Speaker of the House of Councillors of Japan|
2 August 2013 - 25 July 2016
|Born||24 May 1942|
?no, Fukui, Japan
|Alma mater||Nihon University|
He served in the city assembly of ?no for one term since 1975 and then in the assembly of Fukui Prefecture for four terms since 1979. He was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1992.
Yamazaki also served as Parliamentary Secretary for Finance (Hashimoto Cabinet), Deputy Secretary-General of LDP, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary (Koizumi Cabinet), Secretary-General for the LDP in the House of Councillors.
Toshiaki Yamazaki is his eldest son.
On April 21, 2014 Yamazaki sent a ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine, with a wooden sign showing "President of the House of Councillors Masaaki Yamazaki" next to the one with "Prime Minister Shinz? Abe".
Like Abe, Yamazaki is in favor of the revision of the constitution.
Yamazaki is a member of the following right-wing Diet groups: