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Shinjiro Koizumi likely to be tapped as LDP’s agriculture and forestry division director

  • 2015-10-15 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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(Sankei: October 15, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 On Oct. 14 the ruling Liberal Democratic Party began coordination for appointing Shinjiro Koizumi, former parliamentary vice-minister for reconstruction, director of the LDP’s Agriculture and Forestry Division, which discusses measures for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact, on which a broad agreement has been reached. This was disclosed by several senior LDP members. A final decision will be made in concert with the appointments for the chairmen of Diet committees.

 

 The LDP will likely take advantage of the appointment of Koizumi, who is influential and popular among the public, to ease farmers’ criticism of the TPP agreement with an eye on the House of Councillors election next summer. A further aim of the LDP is to have Koizumi, who is said to be a future prime ministerial candidate, gain experience.

 

 It was rumored that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would give Koizumi a key government post such as adviser to the prime minister in the reshuffle of the cabinet and the LDP leadership on Oct. 7. However, Koizumi indicated he wants to serve in a post in the LDP, saying: “There remains a period of time in which I should perform the basics.”

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