TOKYO (majirox news) — Former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara announced that he will stand for leadership of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) Aug.23.
Maehara leads most opinion polls as voters’ preferred choice to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who is expected to stand down by the end of the month.
Maehara had been reluctant to stand in the leadership race having resigned his Cabinet post in disgrace in March after it was revealed he had accepted illegal political donations from a foreigner.
Maehara told DPJ leaders he planned to stake his political career on the leadership challenge.
The former foreign minister will be favorite to win the DPJ presidential election, with competition most likely to come from Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
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