Dowa Holdings chief to join panel

Kyodo News

The government has appointed Hirokazu Yoshikawa, chairman and chief executive officer of nonferrous metals manufacturer Dowa Holdings Co., to the Government Revitalization Unit effective Thursday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said Tuesday.

Yoshikawa, 67, will replace Kazuo Inamori, honorary chairman of Kyocera Corp., who stepped down from the post at the government body for administrative reforms late last month to become a part-time special adviser to the Cabinet.

Yukio Edano, minister in charge of government revitalization, told a news conference Tuesday he tapped Yoshikawa because he had achieved a major improvement in his company’s performance through reforms and restructuring.

Yoshikawa, a graduate of the University of Tokyo, joined what later became Dowa Holdings in 1966 and has been its chairman since October 2006.