TOKYO – Sanae Takaichi, reappointed as minister of internal affairs and communications, is known as a policy expert who has served as chairwoman of the Policy Research Council of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
A 58-year-old conservative, Takaichi has faced criticism in the past from China and South Korea for her frequent visits to Yasukuni Shrine, a war-linked shrine in Tokyo seen by the neighboring countries as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism.
Known as an admirer of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, she married fellow LDP lawmaker Taku Yamamoto in 2004 but divorced in 2017.
The eight-term member of the House of Representatives from Nara Prefecture, western Japan, is the longest-serving internal affairs minister. She is an alumna of the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management.