The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan has begun its search for its next leader after being beaten in the last general election in the country.
After ruling the country almost constantly since the end of World War II, the party were defeated by the Democratic Party of Japan, with new prime minster Yukio Hatoyama officially sworn in last week.
Local reports in Japan suggest that former finance minister, 64-year-old Sadakazu Tanigaki is the favourite to become the new Liberal Democratic Party leader.
Other candidates in the running for the role are Taro Kono and Yasutoshi Nishimura, who are both aged 46.
Speaking at a conference held in Japan last Friday (September 25th), Tanigaki said: "In the past, we have regarded ourselves as the ruling party and made it our identity. But now in opposition, we have to thoroughly think about what we can offer to the Japanese people," reported AFP. Written by Kimberley Homer.