Japan’s battle for PM: military geek vs political blueblood

Japan’s battle for PM: military geek vs political blueblood

TOKYO, Japan — Thursday’s election for the head of Japan’s LDP party — and by extension prime minister — pits a political blueblood aiming to become the country’s longest serving premier against a military expert with a penchant for karaoke — and UFOs.

Shigeru Ishiba: ‘military geek’

Considered a “military geek” for his expertise in security issues, Ishiba, 61, is a self-confessed karaoke lover who once got embroiled in a bizarre debate about the existence of flying saucers.

Like his rival, current premier Shinzo Abe, the former banker is known as a strong orator, and got into politics early, winning a parliamentary seat at the age of 29.

Also like Abe, Ishiba is …

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