Kishida Launches LDP Leadership Bid

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--Fumio Kishida, former policy head of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, declared his candidacy Thursday for the party's leadership election next month.

Kishida, 64, made the announcement at a news conference after the LDP decided the same day to hold the race for LDP president on Sept. 29.

As current President Yoshihide Suga, 72, the prime minister, has signaled his intent to seek re-election, the race is expected to mainly be a battle between Suga and Kishida. The victor will be the face of the party in the next House of Representatives general election.

"I can hear numerous desperate voices from among the public criticizing politics for failing to make proper response" to the novel coronavirus crisis, Kishida said. "I'll risk my political career to present a new option."

On the policy front, Kishida proposed creating a society where members help each other as an alternative to Suga's slogan of self-reliance, mutual assistance and public support.

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