His Excellency Hirai TakuyaMinister for Digital Transformation, Minister in charge of Information Technology Policy, Minister of State for the Social Security and Tax Number System at Japan
Hirai was born in Takamatsu City, Kagawa in 1958. After graduating from Takamatsu Daiichi High School, he studied in the Department of English Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University. Upon graduation, he joined Dentsu Inc. After serving as President of Nishinippon Broadcasting Co., Ltd. and Director of Takamatsu Chuo High School in his earlier career, he was first elected to the House of Representatives in the 42nd general election in 2000. Ever since, he has been elected for 7 consecutive terms and has held such positions as Director, of Economy, Trade and Industry Division and Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Division of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP); Deputy Chairperson of Policy Research Council, LDP; Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office; Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Chairperson of Committee on Cabinet; Director-General of Information Research Bureau, LDP; Chairperson of Public Relations Headquarters, LDP; and Director of Internet Media Division, LDP. As the Chairperson of Special Mission Committee on IT Strategy, he compiled Digital Nippon (policy proposal) and leads other aspects of the IT policies of LDP. In October 2018, he was appointed Minister in charge of Information Technology Policy, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, Intellectual Property Strategy, "Cool Japan" Strategy and for Space Policy for the 4th Abe Cabinet. In October 2019, he was appointed Chairperson of Digital Nation Special Committee, LDP. In September 2020, he was appointed Minister for Digital Transformation, Minister in charge of Information Technology Policy and Minister of State for the Social Security and Tax Number System.