The Vaccination Minister of Japan, Tara Kano has formally announced his candidacy to succeed the Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga by joining the leadership race of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
News agency Xinhua reports, after former Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida and former Communications Minister, Sanae Takaichi, Tara Kono is the third lawmaker to declare candidacy in the LDP's leadership race on September 29.
Tara Kano while addressing a press conference on Friday, he had vowed that he would focus on controlling the Covid-19 infections while "moving Japan forward", and added that "we have to overcome this crisis. I want to create a warm society where people can lean on each other".
Although, as compared to his previous position against the use of nuclear energy, he said at the press conference that it is important to reactivate the reactors that have been confirmed safe to achieve Japan's aim of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Kano had also expressed the need to promote renewable energy and decline on having any new plans to build new reactors.
Tara Kano with his reform-minded measures, has led the public opinion polls as the preferred candidate to succeed Suga.
Though, some of his past views were opposed to the mainstream LDP such as permitting matrilineal imperials to take off the Chrysanthemum Throne.
The Minister was born in Kanagawa prefecture to a prominent political family and has graduated from Georgetown University in Washington.
At present, he is doubling as a administrative reform minister, he has earlier served in a number of other Cabinet posts such as Foreign Minister and Defence Minister.
This is Kano's second attempt to run for the LDP leader after a failed bid in 2009.