Junko Mihara, a bad-girl character actor from the 1980s, has announced that she will be running in the summer upper house election as the Liberal Democratic Party's proportional-representation candidate.
''I have a strong interest in politics,'' said the 45-year-old actress at an event organized by the LDP's women's affairs division.
Mihara became popular for playing a young female delinquent in the school drama, "Sannen B Gumi Kinpachi Sensei," and also gained a measure of fame as a singer and television regular.
Mihara told participants at the event that she became particularly interested in social welfare after undergoing a hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the uterus, due to cervical cancer, and recently began running a care facility.
Mihara said that she will be running on a social security reform platform for the upcoming election, expected to be held in July.© Japan Today