Sanae Takaichi, at the time Japan’s internal affairs minister, attends a news conference in 2019. Photo: Reuters
Sanae Takaichi, at the time Japan’s internal affairs minister, attends a news conference in 2019. Photo: Reuters
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Japan’s ‘Iron Lady’ Sanae Takaichi focuses on Taiwan, US in appeal to China hawks before LDP vote

  • Takaichi is the most hawkish candidate in the ruling party’s election next week, the winner of which will be Japan’s next prime minister
  • She is looking to burnish her credentials with conservatives vocal over China’s attempts at regional control, but analysts say she faces an uphill battle

Sanae Takaichi, at the time Japan’s internal affairs minister, attends a news conference in 2019. Photo: Reuters
Sanae Takaichi, at the time Japan’s internal affairs minister, attends a news conference in 2019. Photo: Reuters
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