September 5, 2009 / 1:06 PM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX: Key facts about Okada, to be Japan foreign minister

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Prime Minister-elect Yukio Hatoyama said on Saturday he had picked Katsuya Okada, the Democratic Party’s No.2 executive and a former party leader, to be foreign minister.

Following are key facts about Okada.

* A former trade ministry official who first joined the LDP before bolting the party, Okada, 56, is a policy expert with a “Mr Clean” image.

* He told Reuters in an interview prior to the election that the party would speak its mind to close ally the United States but would not seek to negate prior agreements across the board [ID:nT368408]

* He headed the Democrats in 2004, but stepped down a year later after then-premier Junichiro Koizumi led the ruling bloc to a huge victory in the last lower house election on a platform promising economic and political reforms.

* Okada has focused on measures needed to fight global warming as a signature issue, as well as pushed for a ban on corporate political donations.

* He is the son of a supermarket magnate and is known to be an avid collector of frog knicknacks, which decorate his office.

Reporting by Yoko Nishikawa and Linda Sieg; editing by Michael Roddy

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