Shinjiro Koizumi: A rising star in Japanese politics

Japan's new Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi arrives to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo

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At 38, Mr Koizumi is the third-youngest minister in a Japanese cupboard since World Struggle Two

Final month, Shinjiro Koizumi, a Japanese lawmaker who’s the second son of standard former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, grabbed headlines after he introduced his marriage to a TV character, and thought of the opportunity of taking paternity depart after the beginning of their baby.

It was a uncommon transfer in a rustic the place ladies are nonetheless anticipated to guide their youngsters’s training, regardless of official efforts to enhance gender equality. However it’s removed from the primary time Mr Koizumi has discovered himself within the highlight.

On the age of 38, Mr Koizumi, usually referred as Shinjiro to tell apart him from his father, is the topic of fixed media protection, and usually described as a severe candidate for the nation’s prime job.

And, unsurprisingly, he was again within the information this week, after being named setting minister in a reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, changing into the third-youngest minister in a Japanese cupboard since World Struggle Two.

Now observers are eager to see how he’ll carry out.

“Shinjiro has been largely efficiency and it is not clear how a lot coverage know-how he has,” College of Tokyo Professor Yu Uchiyama informed Reuters information company. “Now that can change into clear.”

‘Younger man in a rush’

“Effectively-known amongst America’s so-called Japan fingers,” in keeping with the Japan Occasions, Mr Koizumi has a grasp’s diploma in political science from New York’s Columbia College and labored as a researcher on the Washington DC-based assume tank, the Heart for Strategic and Worldwide Research.

“Whereas Koizumi’s youth, seems, generally populist rhetoric and media presence win him many admirers,” the newspaper mentioned, “critics word these are completely different qualities to these wanted to control and get issues carried out as a cupboard minister.”

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Mr Koizumi introduced that he and Christel Takigawa would marry in August

Mr Koizumi, from the ruling Liberal Democratic Get together, was elected to the decrease home in 2009, successful the seat vacated by his father. He’s the fourth era of the Koizumi household to carry a parliamentary seat.

Till now, probably the most outstanding place he had had within the authorities was as parliamentary vice minister for reconstruction of the tsunami-hit Tohoku area.

He has beforehand hinted that accepting an essential put up too quickly was a threat. However a couple of round him imagine his eyes are already on the premiership, and he might not be prepared to attend quite a bit to combat for it – Mr Koizumi is commonly rated in polls because the politician voters would most prefer to see as prime minister.

“He is a younger man in a rush,” one unnamed supply informed Reuters.

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His announcement – on the prime minister’s residence in Tokyo – that he would marry Christel Takigawa, a 42-year-old French-Japanese star often called the face of Tokyo’s profitable bid for subsequent 12 months’s Summer season Olympics, was extensively lined by the press.

Mr Koizumi has supported permitting the usage of separate surnames by married , which is banned by present regulation, and criticised a few of the nation’s conventional customs.

He shares, nevertheless, a few of Mr Abe’s conservative views, and native media pointed to the truth that he had paid respects on the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for battle useless in Tokyo.

In the meantime, he has constructed his picture as a reformer inside his social gathering whereas fastidiously attempting to not offend elder colleagues and, regardless of being underneath intense public consideration, has prevented expressing his opinions on key points.

Paternity depart or not?

Consultants say one side to observe is his place in direction of nuclear energy. Whereas Mr Abe – who is predicted to stay as prime minister till September 2021 – is dedicated to it, Mr Koizumi’s father has change into a fierce opponent to atomic power after the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe.

He might have given an indication of what’s to return. “I would like to check how we’ll scrap [nuclear power plants], not the way to retain them,” he mentioned at a press convention after his appointment, in keeping with Kyodo Information.

However the speedy consideration was is prone to give attention to one thing else: his choice on whether or not or not take paternity depart when their baby is born early subsequent 12 months. If he takes it, it might be the primary time a cupboard minister has carried out so.

He’s nonetheless enthusiastic about it, however was quoted as saying: “Japan is inflexible and outdated as a result of society is caught up with fussing over professionals and cons just because I mentioned I’d take into account [it].”