Tuesday, 2nd September 2008
In General Japan News,
Aso speaks of leadership credentials
Taro Aso has been speaking of his own capabilities as the Liberal Democratic party seeks a new leader.
Prime minister Yasuo Fukuda stepped down yesterday, leaving the country and the ruling party without a leader - a gap which the secretary general appears willing to fill.
According to Japan Today, Mr Aso told reporters that his previous close work with the outgoing leader makes him - particularly on the recently unveiled emergency economic package - makes him "qualified" to run for the position.
Mar Aso has served in a number of government offices, including ministerial posts in the departments for foreign affairs, internal affairs and communications, and economic and fiscal policy.
Former defence minister Yuriko Koike and one-time premier Junichiro Koizumi have been mooted as candidates in the September 22nd leadership elections, though the latter is said to have ruled himself out.
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