TOKYO – Kenta Izumi, the new leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, has called for a “realistic approach” when it comes to foreign policy and nuclear power, a stance that clashes with the more left-leaning members of the party.
The 47-year-old belonged to the now-defunct Party of Hope and the Democratic Party for the People before joining the CDPJ in September 2020 and making an unsuccessful bid to become its leader.
Izumi has taken a cautious stance on whether controversial security legislation enacted in 2015 under then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be repealed, saying the impact on Japan’s alliance with the United States has to be taken into consideration.
While in favor of shifting away from nuclear power, Izumi seeks to strike a balance with the need to secure a stable energy supply, unlike others in the party who call for taking reactors offline as quickly as possible.
Originally from Hokkaido, the eight-term House of Representatives member’s constituency is in Kyoto Prefecture, where his wife, son, two daughters and pet rabbit reside.