Akashi Seijuro

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Akashi Seijuro
征十郎 赤司
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Official Portrait of Seijuro Akashi
29th Premier of Teiko
Incumbent
Assumed office
30 January 2010
Monarch Kazuhito
Deputy Suzaku Kururugi
Preceded by Izaya Orihara
Minister for Interior and District Government
In office
16 August 2007 – 30 January 2010
Premier Izaya Orihara
Preceded by Toriyama Yoshifuda
Succeeded by Kaoru Hitaiichin
Member of the Teiko Royal Council for Rakuzan 4th District
Incumbent
Assumed office
2004
Preceded by Hiyato Mikagami
Majority 298,056 (98.08%)
Personal details
Born 赤司 征十郎 (Akashi Seijuro?)
(1981-12-20) 20 December 1981 (age 35)
Rakuzan, Teiko
Nationality Teikonian
Political party Teiko National Party
Spouse(s) Kouki Furihata
Alma mater University of Kaijou
Touou Law School
Religion Shintoism
Website Official Wesbite

Akashi Seijuro (征十郎 赤司 born December 20, 1981?) is the 29th and current Premier of the Federal Kingdom of Teiko. He is also the youngest to date to hold the office and first openly homosexual head of government in the modern times. Born in Rakuzan City, Teiko, Akashi is a graduate of University of Kaijou and Touou Law School, where he earned his doctorate of law, becoming one of the first five Teikonians to be able to do so. During the 2001 Law Bar Exam, Akashi garnered a raw score of 99.82%, the highest rating ever achieved in a bar exam. He is a descendant of the notable Akashi clan and its current heir as well as the third person from the clan to become premier after Akashi Ryūichi and Akashi Kouzo.

Akashi first entered politics at a young age as one of the Rakuzan Prefecture representatives at 22 serving the 4th District. At the Central-46, he served as Blue Ribbon Committee chairperson for his last three years and have presided over the impeachment case of former Minister of Transportation Sado Yasutora. He also co-written the original Teiko National Framework Agreement which garnered several critics in its implementation and rationale due to its centralized government nature. He was then appointed Minister of Interior and District Government (MIDG) in August 2007, completing the last 3 years of Toriyama Yoshifuda who resigned over allegations with his liquidation reports over the mulled overpriced tanks brought from Germany.

In 2008, Akashi received national attention during his campaign to represent Teiko National Party in the upcoming 2009 Teiko National Elections. Despite criticisms raised against Akashi regarding his experience and lack of thereof, the Teiko National Party decided to nominate Seijuro Akashi for the Office of the Teiko Premier. The 2009 premier campaign was one of the most heated and expensive in Teiko's history. The original nominee of the Democratic Party of Teiko, Yuu Yanase withdrawn from the race in the last minute. Amidst the issues, he then defeated incumbent Beika 6th District Representative Tatsuya Himuro with a landslide victory in popular votes as of the widest margins in any national elections in Teiko. Akashi was inaugurated as premier on January 30, 2010.

During his first two years in office, Akashi implemented strict fiscal policies and rules. Majority of the problems he earned from the past administration arise in the Ministry of Interior and District Government and Ministry of Budget and Finance. Akashi signed into law a few notable economic stimulus legislation in response to foster a better Teiko economy. Among these includes, the Teiko Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2011 and the Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Akashi also signed the controversial SSM Act of 2014 which legalizes same-sex marriage in Teiko in March 2014 as well as the Foreign Policy Conscription Act in August 2014 that will require foreign born neutralized Teiko citizens to serve in the military for at most two years. In early January 2015, Akashi signed the Anti-Political Dynasty Act earning praises from the general public and the government of Atlantic Federation and Septemtrionale.[1]

In March 2015, Akashi announced his plan to run for premier again together with incumbent Minister for Justice Raito Yagami under the banner of the Teiko National Party.[2] The announcement came in as a surprise as he already announced a year earlier that he will not seek for any re-election. Outside of politics, Akashi enjoys indulging himself with charity work through the Akashi Foundation and he married his long time fiancé and former Minister for Transportation Kouki Furihata on December 25, 2014 fulfilling his promise to settle down prior to the ending of his term on January 2016.[3] In December 2014, he was was recognized as one of the most powerful people in AIN by financial and political magazine Onodera.[4]

Early Life[edit]

Seijuro Akashi was born on December 20, 1981 in Rakuzan City, Teiko. He is the only child of Tadatoshi Akashi, then mayor of Rakuzan City and Amaya Akashi, daughter of a prominent Teiko businessman. Akashi's parents met in 1979 in an arranged marriage that will further strengthen the relationship between the two most eminent families in Rakuzan, the Akashi clan and the Kitagawa clan. After several months of dating, the two finally married on April 4, 1981 in Haranishi. The couple despite having domestic issues and the swirling controversies surrounding them remained as one until 1985.

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Akashi during his late high school years at Ouran Academy

In 1985, after a series of heart attacks due ailing health, Akashi's father died and his mother suffered severe injuries in the skull in a vehicular accident at the Yagamo Road (now Daisuke Niwa Avenue) near Tōnaibata. Not long afterwards, Amaya Akasi also passed away two months after the accident. Seijuro Akashi, who was 4 back then was adopted by his uncle, Masahito Akashi, founder of Kronos Heaven Technologies and International Container Terminal after several deliberation on the child's ownership. The Rakuzan City Court finally announced that the child ownership should belong to the Akashi Clan despite protests from the Kitagawa Clan.

Akashi under the supervision of his uncle attended Ouran Academy, one of Teiko's premier and elite schools in Rakuzan City for his elementary, high school, and college education. He graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in law and continued to pursue a doctorate degree under the University of Kaijou and Touo Law School. In 2005, Akashi garnered his doctorate degree in law, becoming one of the first Teikonians to able to achieve such. He was one of the students of former professor of economics at Ouran Academy, former Premier Izaya Orihara. In 2001, Akashi set the record for the highest rating in any Law Board Exam in the world with 99.82%.

During his college years, Akashi was an active youth leader and volunteer. He was also voted as president of the Teiko Youth Council, the head organization of all student body organizations and youth councils in Teiko. Akashi was also the student body president of Ouran Academy since his second year and was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Youth Award, the highest endowment that can be given to any civilian in the criteria by the national government. Seeing his potential as a politician, Akashi despite being groomed to be a successor of the Akashi clan's corporations decided to run for a congressional seat of Rakuzan Prefecture during the 2003 general elections.

Congressional Career[edit]

Akashi's entry to politics was plagued with controversies mostly coming from the opposition stating that he is only running for publicity and to further expand the interests of the Akashi Clan in the Teiko politics. However despite the criticism, Akashi ran for a seat in the Central-46 as a Rakuzan Prefecture Representative under the banner of the Teiko National Party in the 2003 general elections. Akashi won in a landslide victory quickly defeating his opponent then Rakuzan Prefecture Representative, Nobukazo Kotabe even in the early reading of the ballots.

Akashi was re-elected to the Central-46 for the 16th Session (2007-2010), representing the 4th district of Rakuzan Prefecture becoming one of the youngest to hold such position at age of 24 years and 1 month. Akashi was also voted as chairman of the Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations also known as Blue Ribbon Committee.

As a member of the Central-46, Akashi passed numerous house bills and resolutions:

  • Central-46 Bill #1001-2204-4251, granting annual productivity incentives to all workers in the private sector.
  • Central-46 Bill #1001-2204-4397, strengthening the regulatory power of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Board in regulating multi-national corporations
  • Central-46 Bill #1001-2204-3532, increasing the penalties for non-compliance of the prescribed increases and adjustments in the wage rates of workers.
  • Central-46 Bill #1001-2204-1842, providing for the codification of criminal laws.
  • Central-46 Bill #1001-2204-8193, inquiry in aid of legislation into the policies and processes of the Energy Regulatory Commission in granting rate increases to electric utilities.
  • Central-46 Bill #1001-2204-8401 which is referred to as the Teiko National Framework Agreement, still being processed as of May 2014.

Akashi was offered to become the Sangdaedeung during a snap Central-46 election on November 8, 2009 but declined and ran for Teiko Premier on the same year.

Minister for Interior and District Government[edit]

After Toriyama Yoshifuda's resignation in early 2007, loss of confidence with then Premier Izaya Orihara plunged deeply to its lowest since his appointment. The need to find a replacement was very imminent and one of the first people recommended by Former Sandaedeung Leon Fuwata was Akashi Seijuro. Such remark was met with mixed reactions but nevertheless, Akashi was appointed by Izaya on August 2007 to complete the last remaining three years in office.

Seijuro Akashi's appointment to become Minister Interior and District Government (MIDG) was met with criticism majority of which comes from the Democratic Party of Teiko. Most of the critics mentioned that the MIDG which is considered to be the most important ministry in the cabinet should not go to someone who has not even served the Central-46 for more than one term. Although such appointment is constitutionally valid, naysayers call it a taboo. There was also a minority opposition coming from the Teiko National Party itself considering that Akashi will be replacing someone who resigned over corruption allegations.

During his tenure as MIDG Minister, Akashi quickly resolved the issue with the alleged overpriced procurement of tanks of the the Teiko National Army. A series of investigation conducted by the Teiko Bureau of Investigation and the Ministry of Justice resolved that the there was no price manipulation during the transaction between and former MIDG Minister, Toriyama Yoshifuda was acquitted of the corruption and plunder charges. However, critics remain skeptic of the decision until today.

One of the main programs Akashi led is the maximization of the Teiko National Police.

Office of the Teiko Premier[edit]

Main articles: Premiership of Seijuro Akashi; Confirmations of Seijuro Akashi's Cabinet and List of Official State Visits and Trips Made by Seijuro Akashi

First Days[edit]

The inauguration of Seijuro Akashi as the 26th Premier took place on January 30, 2010. In his first few days in office, Akashi issued executive orders to fully militarize the boundary between Kuril Islands and Mainland Russia due to the increasing number of hostilities. Such declaration was met with opposition both from the Russian Government and China. As of today, the narrow Kuril Straight remains as one of the heavily patrolled water boundary in Asia.

Domestic Policy[edit]

Akashi signed several controversial acts in his first tenure. Among these includes the SSM Act which legalizes same-sex marriage in Teiko and the Ant-Political Dynasty acts which many critics call as hypocritical given his current status as member of the Akashi Clan. Among others, he also disallowed naturalization of foreigners. Instead giving them an honorary Teikonian citizen status which may be removed depending on their status as citizens in the country and their fulfillment of their duty and responsibilities which includes mandatory military conscription for at most two years.

Akashi also had invested heavily on space exploration through the Teiko National Space Commission under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Among these include Teppei, the first Teikonian rover to be sent to Mars by 2016.

Economic Policy[edit]

In 2014, Akashi ordered a cut of the Teiko National Bank's interest rates by .25% to alleviate the growing impact of the economic recession in Japan. He also signed reinvestment acts and tax relief to increase Teiko's purchasing power. In 2014, Teiko heavily invested its internal reserves through the International Monetary Fund as credit to the worsening economic recession in the European Union. As of 2015, Teiko's GDP has been projected to reach 3-4 per centum, the hihgest in more than two decades while unemployment remains unchanged at 8%.

Foreign Policy[edit]

During Akashi's tenure, the Federal Kingdom of Teiko was adopted into the Alliance of Independent Nations (AIN). He then recommended Kyouya Sata who became AIN's first minister for the Alliance Public Service Agency in February 2015. Teiko enjoyed continuous smooth foreign relationships with New Duveland and Neu Westfalen as well as Japan and South Korea. Akashi announced that although he might lift the visa policy towards Neu Westfalen and New Duveland, he cannot assure both as of the moment. As of April 2015, the Ministry of Internal and External Communications announced lighter requirements for the visa policy, as Teiko continues to build stronger ties with Oceania. Akashi also opened foreign relations with the communist Septemtrionale after years of political dormancy.

Cultural and Political Image[edit]

Akashi is one of the most flamboyant politicians in Teiko. Although straightforward and strict, Akashi presents himself to his fellow Teikonians as a cheerful and approachable leader. Many critics also notes that Akashi has a dual personality and when asked about the issue, Akashi told an August 2011 meeting of the National Psychological Summit that "..then again when we can never have an objective definition of what it is and I would rather divert my attention than discuss an unfathomable issue." His continuous evasion of the issue finally led to an impeachment case against him for the grounds of being mentally unstable in 2012. However, the case was dropped three months after it was submitted for the lack of evidence. Until today, Akashi doesn't comment much regarding his alleged Dissociative identity disorder.

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Akashi and his pet dog, Nigou at the Kokyo yards

Akashi is frequently referred to as a natural genius and strategist by the media and his peers. Such titles are concretely supported by his high rating during the 2001 Law Bar Exam and his college transcript of records. The latter states that Akashi has never got a grade of below A- in both his undergraduate and post-graduate years. He has also a good record of national competitions won in Shogi and Chess. Mensa International estimates Akashi's IQ at 190 at par of those of Gary Kasparov and higher than Albert Einstein.

Akashi is also a good orator as noted by the Teiko Shinbun. He is exceptionally well known for giving out superb impromptu and extemporaneous speeches. Most of his peers noted that majority of his prepared speeches are memorized and Akashi would dare give out the speech without a copy. Tomori Yukari, his former speech writer once noted that in one of the events that Akashi was supposed to give a speech, she forgot to prepare it earlier and wrote it in impromptu. Later that night during the event, she was shocked to see Akashi relaying the speech all from memory which is all in all, 9 pages.

Although normally strict in handling fiscal and domestic policies, Akashi's level of tolerance vary form one issue to another and also considering the situation. Akashi is the only Premier to have publicly supported the legalization of illegal drugs, same-sex marriage, abortion and death penalty. Although in one his speeches he also mentioned that "...People who cannot bring in contribution to their country and continually becomes a part of the societal problem should be removed...". Critics note that sometimes Akashi is very sarcastic and although he is in favor of many liberal ideologies, Akashi remains to be a firm believer of socialism and authoritarianism in practice. In lined with many of his speeches, critics then also notes that Akashi has this theory of societal niche in which he believes that everyone has their role to play and those who don't must be eradicated.

Akashi has also favored to remove taxation from Teiko. He notes that taxation will only bring burden to the people rather than help them develop economically. Although taxation in Teiko remains, the percentage of tax has decreased significantly in his term. He also believes that income inequality is must solved problem of the modern times and should not just be neglected. His proposal to raise wages for blue-collar jobs was met with mixed criticism both from the public and private sector.

On issues regarding education and health, Akashi is a firm believer on equal opportunities. He believes that all Teikonians should have equal access to adequate health care and education despite of economic and cultural status. For international relations, Akashi believes that the stabilization of the state is the most important agenda before deciding to participate in the international arena, "One must know his limits and should work on from there before he can achieve greater heights..." Akashi also favors expressionism, abstract art, and avant-garde experimentation in art and literature much to the public's surprise.

In 2014, Akashi announced his support for government surveillance which was met with several negative criticism from netizens and the public. This comes after documents released by Teiko Bunshun showed the magnitude of Teiko Special Advisory Board surveillance on its people. Akashi stated that the first and foremost duty of the state is to maintain its survival and the respect to privacy of its constituents comes second to that. He also assured the public that there is no harm done during the surveillance and only vital information is being collected.

Personal Life[edit]

In a 2013 interview, Akashi highlighted the diversity of his extended family: "Although I do not have a family of my own yet, the Akashi Clan is very much like a little AIN if not more like UN and the daily dealings includes the World War 2 and Hundred Years War to be more precise.", he said. "It's so funny to think that when people actually talk about the Akashi Clan, all they get is fear and hatred when in fact majority of my family members are weirder and funnier than you thought they would be." Akashi has six uncles in his father side and two aunt which among them includes several key people like Ryuichi Akashi and Kouzo Akashi who both served ass 17th and 19th Teiko Premier respectively, Masahito Akashi, a prominent Teiko businessman, Kobayashi Akashi, former Sandaedeung of the Central-46 and Ryoko Akashi, former cabinet member. In history books, it is very much noted that the Akashi Clan played a vital role in the formation of modern Teiko after the World War 2.

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Akashi and Furihata admitting their relationship to the public for the first time in 2009

In his youth, Seijuro Akashi was known as "Sei" among his family and friends, but asked to be addressed with his surname during his college years as it was the status quo. Besides his native Japanese, Akashi is a polyglot who can speak fluently in Korean, English, Chinese and some basic Thai, Greek, Latin and German. Majority of the foreign language was learned through college and was polished via self-teaching. Akashi also enjoys and literature and writes novels and essays in his free times. As of 2014, Akashi have published two books after his college graduation, Life Beyond Limits and The Call.

Akashi loves to plays basketball, a sport he participated in as a member of his high school's varsity team in Rakuzan National High School wherein he won three major consecutive tournaments as captain; he is ambidextrous. He is also a supporter of the Rakuzan Minotaurs, and is a major fan of the Teiko National Basketball League. In 2009, he threw out the ceremonial first basket at the all star game while wearing a Rakuzan Minotaur jersey. He is also primarily a football and baseball fan and have seen to attend several final games of the Teiko Football League and Teiko Baseball Cup. Also as a college athlete, he also advocates sports to all youth and healthy living for all. In 2011, Akashi invited the 1980 Rakuzan Minotaurs to the People's Residence for a courtesy call.

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Akashi playing basketball in Rakuzan City during the congress session break

In July 2008, Akashi met Furihata Kouki during a government summit dinner wherein the latter works as department head of Aviation Safety and Regulatory Department under the Ministry of Transportation. Working together with the Central-46 Committee on Transportation, Furihata was assigned under Akashi on August later that year. Furihata declined initial request to date but the two began dating three months afterwards. Although both was hesitant at first, their relationship began to be in public by early 2009. The couple received many critics coming both from the religious sector and the press. After the passage of the Same Sex Marriage Act in March 2014, Akashi married Furihata on a private ceremony at the Kokyo on December 25, 2014. Currently plans for surrogacy has been dropped of the table and the couple will opt to adopt for a male child but there has been no update on this since the press conference after the wedding reception.

In December 2013, Arashi and Kanjani estimated the Akashi clan's net worth at $21.9 billion and Onodera Media publishes in its annual report of Onodera 40 that the Akashi clan headed by Masahito Akashi is the second richest family in Teiko.[5] Their wealth mostly came from corporate holdings, stocks, bonds and other non-liquid investments. Akashi's personal wealth is estimated at $56 million which includes his real estate properties in Shinza. Akashi is also a major philanthropist having given away a total amount of $24 Million since 2011 to different social outreach organizations such Blue Waves, The Habitat and Wammy House Foundation.

Religious views[edit]

Akashi is an agnostic theist by religion although he also believes in shintoism which has sprung from his close relations with the Kuroko clan. in 2012, he wrote in an article for Teiko Shinbun that he "was neither raised in a religious household nor does he want to be either". Akashi described his uncle as being detached from religion, yet "in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I have ever known." He also described his aunt as a "confirmed atheist" basing in her actions and lifestyle. Akashi explained that despite his friends and other relatives convince him of a certain religion, he came to understand that religion by per se is not the most important thing in life but rather the attachment to a deity and each one is accustomed to believe in his own and figure out for oneself who god is.

Despite his unbelief in religion, Akashi met with a lot religious leaders to discus spirituality. Naoto Kun, a Japanese pastor once mentioned in his weekly articles that Akashi is not an close minded individual and his heart is open for any religion that may be given to him. Akashi confirmed the claims in October 2010 and simply shrugged the statements off. In 2012, however, he mentioned that he will no longer be meeting with with Kun after the latter gave another set of controversial statements against Akashi prior to the 2012 general elections.

Honors and Awards[edit]

Honours[edit]

Awards[edit]

Honorary doctorates[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Premier's Official Site