Noda Reiterates Eagerness to Run in LDP Leadership Race


Tokyo, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Seiko Noda reiterated her eagerness on Monday to run in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's leadership election in September.

Noda, an LDP lawmaker in the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, discussed her position relating to the election at a lecture held in Tokyo by the Research Institute of Japan, an affiliate of Jiji Press.

On a recent media report that only two LDP lawmakers back Noda in the party race, she said, "I'm not working this hard toward the election if I have support from only two party lawmakers."

To run in the LDP election, a candidate needs to secure support from 20 lawmakers of the party.

Asked when she might announce her candidacy, Noda said, "I will do so once I become able to do so," emphasizing that she will make every effort to secure 20 supporters.

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