Tue, September 04, 2012
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Tokyo governor to rig up political ladder for ambitious son?

2012-09-04 03:03:32 GMT2012-09-04 11:03:32(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Japanese media reported Monday that Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Nobuteru Ishihara has indicated that he intends to run in the main opposition party's presidential election.

If you have been closely watching the dispute between China and Japan over Diaoyu Islands, you must have heard of the name Shintaro Ishihara, the governor of Tokyo Metropolitan government.

Shintaro Ishihara comes to be well known to the Chinese public for his obstinate attempt to buy Diaoyus from the Japanese "private owner", thus unleashing all the recent bilateral flare-ups.

Nobuteru Ishihara, the son of Shintaro Ishihara, will compete his father in the way to curry favor with votes at any cost. It seems that Ishihara Jr. picked the perfect timing for his decision to run for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)’s presidency.

"I have supported President (Sadakazu) Tanigaki, but I have not handled the affairs of state in order to support Mr. Tanigaki," Nobuteru Ishihara was quoted as saying in a speech in the city of Kagoshima on Sunday, adding, "I have carried out politics to do something for Japan."

Analysts say, if Nobuteru wins, he is likely to become Japan’s next prime minister if his party defeats the ruling Democratic Party of Japan in the upcoming election.

With Nobuteru’s ambition unveiled, his father’s Diaoyu purchase campaign seemed a premeditated plan to pave way for his political career.

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