Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi is on Time magazine's first-ever list of the world's 100 rising stars who are shaping their industries and the future.
The US news weekly released the 2019 TIME 100 NEXT, a new expansion of its flagship 100 list of the world's most influential people.
The list is divided into five categories, such as artists and innovators. Koizumi was chosen in the leaders section.
He is described as having voter recognition as a probable successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The magazine says that in his first weeks as minister, Koizumi raised eyebrows by saying he wanted to make the fight against climate change "sexy" and "fun."
But it adds he had an early success in an environmental initiative.
Also selected in the leaders category was Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2020 election.