In 1915 went into the service of Bank of Japan to become secretary to the Governor of the Bank (1933). Later was appointed director of the Kobe branch of Sanwa Bank, to eventually become president (1945). Soon became a prominent figure in Kansai financial circles and was connected with various industrial firms. Entering politics, was elected to the Diet four times (since 1949) on a Liberal Party ticket. Was Minister of State in 3rd Yoshida Cabinet (1950) and chief of Local Autonomy Agency, then appointed Minister of Education (1951). Retained this position in the 4th Yoshida Cabinet as well as Minister of Trade and Industry and chief of the Economic Deliberation Agency (1953).