- Title: File footage of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party leadership contender Seiko Noda
- Date: 26th September 2021
- Summary: In 2017, she was appointed as the internal affairs minister and gender equality minister when then-prime minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet. TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - AUGUST 3, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF THEN-JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE AND HIS CABINET MEMBERS WALKING DOWN STEPS FOR GROUP PHOTO NODA LOOKING ON NODA AND CABINET MEMBERS STANDING FOR GROUP PHOTO
- Embargoed: 10th October 2021 07:52
- Keywords: Japan Seiko Noda Tokyo Yoshide Suga candidate election leadership prime minister ruling party
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
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- Story Text: EDITORS NOTE: PROFILES OF ALL FOUR CANDIDATES:
Seiko Noda, a Japanese former minister for gender equality, is one of four candidates in the race to replace Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and potentially become the nation's first female leader.
Noda, considered a long shot, has been a consistent voice urging Japan to address its declining birthrate and fast-ageing population while advocating women's empowerment.
In 1998, when Noda was in her 30s, she became Japan's youngest post-war cabinet minister, later holding various cabinet posts, including internal affairs minister.
A critic of conservative former prime minister Shinzo Abe, Noda wanted to challenge him for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in 2015 but fell short of the 20 backers needed to run. This time, she cleared the line the day before official registration.
The LDP president becomes Japan's prime minister because of the party's majority in the lower house of parliament. Noda has joined a flurry of campaigning among senior figures in the party. Vaccine minister Taro Kono, former foreign minister Fumio Kishida and former internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi are also running in Wednesday's (September 29) election for LDP president.
(Production: Rikako Maruyama, Akiko Okamoto)
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