Shoichi Kondo is a Member of the House of Representatives of Japan and vice general-secretary of the Democartic Party. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Sophia University in Tokyo and a period of study abroad at Beijing Language and Culture University, he joined the newspaper company Chûnichi Shinbun in 1984. In 1993, he joined the newly-found party “Sakigake” (Pioneers) and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996. During the cabinet of Naoto Kan (2010-2011), he was Vice-Minister of the Environment. Currently, he is co-chair of “Zero Nukes Association” (a group of parliamentarians advocating the phasing-out of nuclear power) and the representative of the “Rikken Forum” (Constitutional Forum).