World Japan: Who are the four candidates for the post of prime minister?

11:05  17 september  2021
11:05  17 september  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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U N addicted to Twitter , a felted diplomat, an ultra-nationalist fan of Heavy Metal and a feminist: Here are the four candidates for the presidency of the party in power at the Japan at An internal election on September 29, which will also determine the new Prime Minister.

Taro Kono, the champion of the COM '

as Minister of Administrative Reform since September 2020, the popular Taro Kono, 58, said the war for obsolete but still common administrative practices in Japan, such as use Personal seals (Hanko) to validate official documents.

It was also responsible for Yoshihide Suga's current government to fly the national Vovid-19 vaccination campaign. After a dusk start, the latter has accelerated in recent months: more than half of the Japanese population has now received two injections.

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Mr. Kono frequently communicates and skilfully on social networks: his Twitter account in Japanese is followed by 2.4 million people, a record for a political personality of the Japanese archipelago.

Liberal on some of the company issues - it pronounced for homosexual marriage in Japan, forbids for the moment - Mr. Kono is also seen by the economic circles.

This descendant of a Japanese politician dynasty, graduated from the prestigious American University of Georgetown, is very comfortable in English, a rarity in his country. He has also been Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense in the past.

Some of the Liberal-Democratic Party (PLD, Conservative Right) are wary of its franc-shooter, but Mr. Kono recently softened some of his personal opinions criticized internally, as his opposition to nuclear energy.

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Fumioo Kishida, 64-year-old Moderate

, Fumio Kishida has long been Minister of Foreign Affairs (2012-2017) in the Shinzo Abe government, which had considered it time as its natural heir.

Its long government experience and moderate status within the PLD are assets, and itself prides itself on having a great capacity to listen. But this former banker, who wants to fight against economic inequalities, suffers from his lack of charisma.

militant for nuclear disarmament in the world, this native and elected from Hiroshima (West of Japan) had been the artisan of the historic arrival of the US President Barack Obama in 2016 in this city devastated by the atomic bomb in 1945.

When he was the head of Japanese diplomacy, Mr. Kishida had also sought to improve the relations between Tokyo and Seoul, poisoned for years by historical litigation, but the successes he had had hardly lasted.

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Sanae Takaichi, the "Metal Lady"

fervent Admirer of Margaret Thatcher , Sanae Takaichi, 60, said that as the former "Iron Lady" British, she would not hesitate to take unpopular measures if she judged them necessary.

This fan of Heavy Metal and Motorcycle in its youth has occupied various ministerial portfolios, including internal affairs and communications twice (2014-2017 and 2019-2020).

Its personality divides within the PLD, because of its ultra-conservative positions. Ms. Takaichi refuses that Japan apologize for his militarist past, like his mentor, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who supports his candidacy.

It frequently visits Yasukuni Shinto Sanctuary in Tokyo, a place hated by Seoul and Beijing because honoring the memory of Japanese politicians and military officers convicted of war crimes by the Allies after the Second World War.

Seiko Noda, the feminist

Seiko Noda, former Minister of Internal Affairs also in charge of gender equality (2017-2018), declared his candidacy that at the last moment, having obviously had trouble reaping the Minimum required sponsorships within the PLD. His chances appear very thin.

aged 61, it is known in Japan for its long personal fight to become a mother, at the age of 50, thanks to a medically assisted procreation with ova gifts to the United States , a procedure again poorly framed by Japanese legislation. It has expressed the wish of a more inclusive Japanese society towards women, but also children, seniors and people with disabilities.

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