Yoshimasa Hayashi

former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan


Yoshimasa Hayashi has been perceived to be a new type of future leader in Japanese political world since he was elected to the House of Councillors for the first time in 1995 at the age of 34. His leadership style and his open-minded behavior to lead transformation of the society were build during his time at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and his experience of working as a staff for U.S. Representative Stephen L. Neal and U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr..

He has taken a number of challenging leadership role to advance the Japanese society including Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries during the time when Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement was under intense discussion in the society. He is well-versed in a wide variety of topics including monetary-fiscal policy, diplomacy and national security. One of his recent interest is how to embrace diversity to the Japanese society.

Hear him speak at WORLDWEBFORUM 2019 to understand the power of transformation at a national economic level.

Japan and EU to work towards quantum tech

From Japan Times

BRUSSELS – Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan’s technology minister, and Carlos Moedas, the European Union’s commissioner for science and innovation, agreed Monday to promote cooperation in quantum technology research.

At their meeting in Brussels, Hayashi and Moedas also agreed to promote exchange between young researchers in Japan and Europe. Japan is seen as a global leader in the basic research of quantum technology, while the U.S., China and Europe also have a presence in the development of quantum computers.

Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Hayashi referred to the reluctance of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to join international cooperation in science. “At a time like this, accelerating cooperation between Japan and the European Union will send out a message to the United States,” he said.

A key player in the Abenomics era

From Japan Government

Since coming to power in late 2012, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government unveiled a comprehensive policy package to revive the Japanese economy from two decades of deflation, all while maintaining fiscal discipline.

This program became known as Abenomics. The greatest structural issue facing the Japanese economy is the aging of society and shrinking of the population. However, we see this challenge as an opportunity. Demographic change is a social challenge that will soon be shared by most developed countries.

Japan is committed to achieving sustainable growth and becoming a pioneer in the establishment of a new social model. We call this Society 5.0, Japan’s vision for the next step in human evolution.



Yoshimasa Hayashi (林 芳正Hayashi Yoshimasa, born 19 January 1961) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party. He is a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature), currently serving his fourth term in the Upper House representing Yamaguchi Prefecture. A native of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Hayashi graduated from the University of Tokyo and graduated from the John F. Kennedy school of Government at Harvard University. He began his career with Mitsui & Co.. Hayashi entered politics as a secretary to his farther, Finance Minister Yoshiro Hayashi in 1993. In the United States, he was a staffer for U.S. Representative Stephen L. Neal and U.S. Senator William V. Roth, Jr..

Hayashi was appointed to the Cabinet for the first time as Minister of Defense on Aug. 2008. He was appointed to the Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy in Cabinet office Jul.2009. After the LDP returned to power in the Dec. 2012 general election, Hayashi was appointed to the Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries and again in Feb. 2015. He was appointed to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Aug. 2017- Oct. 2018. He likes karaoke and golf. He plays the guitar and keyboard with LDP colleagues in a band called Giinz ( Parliamentarians ).