|Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda address a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 7, 2012. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda officially announced that he would run for the leadership election of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) at a press conference on Friday afternoon. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)
TOKYO, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda officially announced that he would run for the leadership election of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan(DPJ) at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
Noda express his will to seek a second term as Japanese prime minister at the end of the current Diet session.
"There are tasks have yet to be finished and can not be left. I have the very reasonability of dealing Japan's many challenges, including a comprehensive reform of the tax and the social security systems, as well as leading the country to recovery. I want to continue carrying the reasonability of what the country needs to achieve now and in the future," Noda said.
The current Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who was considered Noda's main rival of the inner-party election of DPJ, has decided to give up on entering the leadership election on Sept. 21.
Former Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka also said Friday that she will not run in the presidential election despite a request by four DPJ members.
Noda has a strong likelihood of winning the reelection of DPJ with no strong rivals. But some young DPJ members think that DPJ will lose the upcoming general election with Noda as their leader.