Noda Eager to Run in 2018 LDP Leadership Race (News)
Tokyo, April 29 (Jiji Press)—Noda Seiko, a senior member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has expressed her eagerness to run in a party leadership election in autumn 2018.
In a recent interview with Jiji Press, Noda, former chair of the party's General Council, said she will enter the LDP presidential race with a policy package that includes mandatory preschool education.
"There are things that should be done more boldly," Noda said, noting that tangible results have not been produced under the government of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in such areas as women's social empowerment and preventing the decline in the birthrate.
Noda said she intends to use the LDP presidential election to present her policies to the nation. Abe's current term of office as LDP president expires in September 2018.
She said she will make kindergartens and nursery schools part of Japan's compulsory education to "create a country where all children will be able to receive education from two to three years old."[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]