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After graduating from the Faculty of Law, Tokyo University, he entered the prestigious Japanese Ministry of Finance and held a number of important bureaucratic positions. In 1976 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Hiroshima Prefecture; he has been reelected nine consecutive terms since then. He served as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the House of Representatives and as Minister of Foreign Affairs (1996-1997). Other cabinet-level positions he led include the Defense Agency and the Management and Coordination Agency. As a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the Honorable Ikeda is one of the most outstanding and influential political leaders in Japan.