TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara announced Thursday his intention to run in the Sept. 15 election for the presidency of the main opposition Democratic Party.
“I hope to run in the leadership election next month. I’d like you to lend support,” Maehara said at a meeting of the intraparty group led by him.
He will hold a news conference on Friday afternoon to explain his attitude on the election.
The DP leadership race is now likely to be a one-on-one battle between Maehara, 54, and Renho, 48, currently the party’s deputy leader, who has already announced her bid for the DP presidency, with support from members of the current DP leadership team.
“I hope to have a forward-looking election where the candidates will hold in-depth discussions about what the DP is aiming for,” Maehara told reporters after the meeting.