Yasuhide Nakayama

Former State Minister of Defense; Former State Minister of Foreign Affairs; Special Advisor to the Chairperson of the Research Council for Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Game Changing Fields
Yasuhide Nakayama was first elected as a member of the Japanese House of Representatives in 2003, and since then has been reelected to the Diet on five occasions as a representative for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). During that time, he served as State Minister for Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Abe and most recently as the State Minister of Defense/State Minister of Cabinet Office under Prime Minister Suga. Nakayama has also occupied key Diet posts including chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. In November 2021, Nakayama was appointed Special Advisor for Foreign Affairs to the LDP; a position in which he works with the chairperson of the Policy Research Council for Foreign Affairs, Defense and Game-Changing Fields.)