SDP chief Fukushima interested in becoming environment minister
Saturday 12th September, 07:22 AM JST
The Social Democratic Party, a minor party set to form a coalition government next week with the Democratic Party of Japan, requested Friday that its chief Mizuho Fukushima be appointed to the post of environment minister. The request came after the SDP had told the DPJ on Thursday that it would be ‘‘desirable’’ for Fukushima to assume a post related to employment issues, such as minister of health, labor and welfare. Lawyer-turned-politician Fukushima has advocated improving the nation’s labor conditions battered by the financial crisis as well as a raft of reforms.
However, DPJ President Yukio Hatoyama remained tightlipped about his cabinet plans. ‘‘It’s beginning to take shape in my head but I can’t put it out to the media now,’’ Hatoyama told reporters in the evening. The SDP apparently determined that it would be difficult for Fukushima to obtain the labor minister post and that a ministerial job within the Cabinet Office, which does not oversee any specific agencies, would not allow the party to realize its aims.