Haruko Komura said, "I don't want to be in the forefront of politics. I do want to continue working for peace."

She is the wife and loyal supporter of Masahiko Komura, newly appointed foreign minister in the Fukuda Cabinet. A lawmaker and senior LDP figure, he served earlier as foreign minister, justice minister and defense minister in previous Cabinets.

His wife continued, "I want to extend a helping hand to needy women and children, so that they are able to look forward with comfort and security to a hopeful future.