Takeshi Iwase was elected as a Nerima City Assemblyman in April 2015 after running for the election for the first time. Prior to working for the City Assembly, he had worked first for one of the major Japanese private companies (Mitsui Chemicals, Inc), then later in the field of overseas development aid, initially as a JOCV, and later as a development expert implementing projects for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He has an expertise in income generation, marketing and community development and worked in 20 countries around Latin America, Africa and Asia. He did an internship with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tokyo. Takeshi speaks fluent Spanish (DELE C1) and English (TOEIC 940). He has an MBA and a BA in law from Waseda University. Takeshi lives in Oizuimgakuen with his wife, son and mother-in-law.