Fifth in a series of six.

While former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida was the first to announce he would run for Liberal Democratic Party President, and vaccine czar Taro Kono is currently polling the highest among all potential candidates, there are still three other people appearing in the media surrounding this race that warrant a closer look: former interior affairs ministers Sanae Takaichi and Seiko Noda, and former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba.

Each of these are non-conventional candidates for the LDP, but only one of them may have an actual chance in the upcoming race to be party leader and prime minister.