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PROFILE: Koizumi Jr. known as possible future leader

  • September 11, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 02:08 p.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO – Shinjiro Koizumi, appointed to environment minister, has been touted as a potential future prime minister and has recently been in the news due to his high-profile marriage to TV personality Christel Takigawa.

 

A son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, the 38-year-old is in his 10th year as a lower house lawmaker based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and has worked on issues in a wide range of fields, including farming and rebuilding northeastern Japan areas after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

 

He made headlines last month by announcing his marriage to the former anchorwoman Takigawa, adding that the couple are expecting a child. The father-to-be said he plans to take paternity leave, a rare move in a country where only slightly over 6 percent of fathers take such leave.

 

Koizumi studied at Columbia University and served as a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

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