Natsuo Yamaguchi has decided to file his candidacy for a leadership election of Komeito, the junior partner in the ruling coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party, in September, related officials said Thursday.
With no other prospective candidates to come forward, Yamaguchi is highly likely to be reelected to a sixth term through September 2020.
Attention is now focused on whether the baton will be passed in the party to younger generations from other leaders such as Secretary-General Yoshihisa Inoue.
Komeito will officially accept applications from candidates on Sept. 19. A party convention for voting is scheduled for Sept. 30.
Yamaguchi will be reappointed officially as leader for a two-year term on Sept. 19 if no opponents join the race.