LDP presidential election unique color appeal by child-rearing support and ministry reorganization September 10 4:05
In the run-up to the vote on the 14th of this month, three candidates, former Secretary General Ishiba, Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan, and Chairman of the Kishida Political Affairs Research Committee, will appeal each other’s unique policy colors through measures to support child-rearing and reorganizing ministries and agencies.
The LDP presidential election, which will replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is in full swing on September 9 with a public debate hosted by the party’s Youth and Women’s Bureaus, and the debate between former Secretary General Ishiba, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kan, and Chairman of the Kishida Political Affairs Research Committee is in full swing.
Under these circumstances, the three candidates are appealing each other’s unique colors in terms of policy, and Mr. Ishiba has indicated that he will aim to achieve this by listing bills and budgetary measures to support women, while Mr. Kan has indicated that he would apply public health insurance to fertility treatment and reduce the economic burden, and Mr. Kishida said he would promote a policy to reduce the cost of childbirth to virtually zero.
In addition, while Mr. Kan announced the establishment of a “Digital Agency” to promote digitalization across ministries and agencies, Mr. Kishida has indicated his plan to establish a “Data Agency” utilizing big data and a new headquarters organization to promote digitalization, while Mr. Ishiba has made clear his plan to establish a new Ministry of Disaster Risk Prevention to respond to large-scale disasters such as earthquakes directly below the capital.
The presidential election is scheduled to be held on the 12th with a debate hosted by the Japan Press Club, and there is a lot of policy debate in an eye to win broader support in the run-up to the vote on the 14th of this month.