A glance at his Web site can tell you quite a lot about his position.

In a recent "Yasuhisa's monologue" on the site, Yasuhisa Shiozaki, 52, a lawmaker in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, bashed the Financial Service Agency's proposal to let ailing insurance companies cut the yields they have guaranteed to policyholders.

"Even children are taught to keep their promises," wrote Shiozaki, one of a few LDP politicians with expertise in the financial sector. "If insurance companies are facing a risk of collapse and cannot keep their promises, they should first take the legal procedures for failure. The yield-cut plan should not be discussed before making the responsibility of management crystal clear."