Former Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura on Saturday signaled his intention to challenge Sadakazu Tanigaki in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership election on Sept 26.
Machimura told a rally in Sapporo that he wants to make Japan a strong nation again and make politicians more responsive to the needs of the people, TV Asahi reported.
Tanigaki has already said he intends to run for another term as LDP leader, saying his goal is to lead the party to power in the next lower house election.
However, he is likely to face at least two other challengers. Former LDP policy affairs chief Shigeru Ishiba and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have indicated they are interested in the LDP presidency.© Japan Today