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April 1979 to June 1989: Masuzoe is an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo, his alma mater.

April 1999: He loses to Shintaro Ishihara in a Tokyo gubernatorial election.

July 2001: Masuzoe elected to the Upper House on a Liberal Democratic Party ticket.

Aug. 2007 to Sept. 2009: He serves as health, labor and welfare minister in three administrations, including during Shinzo Abe’s first stint as prime minister.

April 2010: Masuzoe quits LDP to head the New Renaissance Party.

December 2012: Tokyo Vice Gov. Naoki Inose wins Tokyo gubernatorial election.

June 2013: Masuzoe chooses not to run in the July Upper House election, acknowledging failure to increase his party’s standing.

September 2013: Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Olympics.

December 2013: Inose resigns in a scandal involving ¥50 million received from hospital chain operator Tokushukai.

February 2014: Masuzoe wins a landslide victory in the Tokyo gubernatorial race, with support of LDP and Komeito. Defeated rivals include former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa.

April 2016: Weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun reports that Masuzoe routinely used official vehicles to travel to his vacation home.

May 2016: Masuzoe admits to booking private hotel and dining bills as political expenses. He apologizes.

June 6, 2016: Investigators hired by Masuzoe say his use of ¥4.4 million was improper but not illegal.

June 15, 2016: Masuzoe quits.

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