Mr. Yukihisa Fujita was born in Hitachi-city, Ibaraki Prefecture. After graduating from the Faculty of Letters’ Department of Philosophy at Keio University, he took part in the MRA (Moral Re-Armament) international goodwill mission “Song of Asia” together with 50 young people from 15 countries in Asia and the Pacific. In this group he made a round of visit to 14 countries in two years and stayed at about 100 family homes in all those countries. He has visited to 52 countries until now and stayed at the homes of about 200 families.
He was an executive director for the Association for Aid and Relief(AAR), the first Japanese NGO to help the refugees, and the International MRA Association of Japan(later, International IC(Initiatives of Change) of Japan). In 1996, he was first elected to the House of Representatives (Lower House) in the Diet of Japan. In the same year, he established the Diet Member’s League for a Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Landmines and helped Foreign Minister Obuchi to sign the Ottawa Treaty in 1997. In 2003, he was re-elected as Member of the House of Representative.
In 2007, he was elected to a member of the House of Councillors (Upper House). He has held various positions successively such as the Director for the International Department of the Democratic Party of Japan(DPJ), the Chairman of the Special Committee on North Korean Abductions, the Chairman of the Committee on Financial Affairs and Chairman of the Committee on Fundamental National Policies in the House of Councillors.
From September 2011 to October 2012 he served as Senior Vice Minister of Finance in the Noda Cabinet. He was in charge of the Budget Bureau, Finance Bureau and the Bank of Japan.
He has been sent by the Democratic Party of Japan(DPJ) to help the victims in those disaster areas such as the aftermath of the tsunami in Sumatra, Indonesia, and the earthquakes in Pakistan and Haiti. He was sent to Jordan to assist in efforts to release five Japanese nationals held hostage in Iraq in 2004.
A merger of the DPJ and the Innovation Party created the Democratic Party (DP) in 2016. It is Japan’s largest opposition party. He is Director General of the party’s International Department and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the DP Shadow Cabinet.
He is now:
Director General, International Department, Democratic Party For the People (PDFP)
Director, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, the House of Councillors
Member, Budget committee, the House of Councillors
Member, Committee of Okinawa and Northern Problems, the House of Councillors
He has a wife, a daughter with a son-in-low and two grandchildren.
・A Politician Who Did Not Want to Become Politician – Roles of NGO in Politics (2003)
・Japan’s Decisive Decade (Translation, 1990, 2016)
・Flame in the darkness on USSR Dissents (Translation, 1981)