LDP Rising Star Koizumi to Marry TV Presenter Takigawa

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Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--Shinjiro Koizumi, a popular politician from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, announced Wednesday that he will marry freelance television news presenter Christel Takigawa.

"A 'politics geek,' I can feel at ease when I am with (Takigawa)," Koizumi, 38, told reporters at the prime minister's office, with Takigawa, 41, at his side. "She turns me from Shinjiro Koizumi, the politician, to Shinjiro Koizumi, a human being."

Koizumi, a son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, is seen as a potential future prime minister.

According to the politician, the two began their relationship last year. Takigawa is pregnant, and the baby is due early next year.

"I want to put all my efforts into protecting her in a quiet environment," he said. "I want to be a loving father."

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