Ex-minister may become the first female prime minister of Japan

Former interior minister Sanae Takaichi is expected to run for the leadership of the ruling party and, if successful, will become Japan’s first female prime minister.

Media reported that Sanae Takaichi was supported by former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. She will announce her candidacy for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) with a pledge to advance policy against China’s technological threats and strengthen the economy stricken by Covid-19. devastated.

The LDP will hold a leadership election meeting on September 29, after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that he would not run for re-election on September 3. The winner of the vote will become the next prime minister of Japan.

Sanae Takaichi when she was still interior minister, during a press conference in Tokyo on September 11, 2019.  Photo: Reuters

Sanae Takaichi when she was still interior minister, during a press conference in Tokyo on September 11, 2019. Photo: Reuters

Only former foreign minister Fumio Kishida has announced his candidacy so far, but PAR Minister Taro Kono, who is overseeing Japan’s Covid-19 vaccination program, along with Takaichi, have signaled their ambition to run. .

Takaichi, 60, became the first female interior minister in the second term of the Abe administration in 2014. Although media reports that Mr. Abe had backed enough 20 lawmakers to support her candidacy, Takaichi still ranked her candidacy. poor ranking in popularity rankings with the public and this could hinder this opportunity.

LDP members will vote to elect the leader along with party members in parliament. The winner will lead the party in the lower house elections to be held on November 28. Therefore, popularity with the public is an important factor in selecting a new leader.

Takaichi said she wanted to address issues that the previous administration had not addressed, such as 2% inflation, and proposed legislation to “prevent the leakage of sensitive information to China”. She said it was necessary to quickly replenish the budget to support Japan’s health system, which is strained by the pandemic.

As the most conservative member of the party, she often visits Yasukuni Shrine, a memorial to soldiers killed in Japan’s wars. These visits by Japanese leaders often anger China and South Korea. She also opposes changing the rule that husbands and wives must bear the same surname after marriage, much to the dismay of feminist advocates.

Hong Hanh (Follow Reuters)

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