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LDP to draft DPJ lawmaker in Hokkaido, seek cooperation with regional party

  • 2016-02-01 15:00:00
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(Asahi: January 31, 2016 – p. 4)

 

 The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is considering luring Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) House of Representatives member Takako Suzuki (elected on the Hokkaido proportional representation ticket) to join the party and fielding her as the party’s candidate in the next Lower House election. This is meant to forge cooperative relations with her father Muneo Suzuki, who heads the regional party New Party Daichi. Senior LDP officials plan to discuss this with LDP Hokkaido chapter officials this week.

 

 Muneo Suzuki met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in late 2015. According to a LDP source, he told Abe that he was prepared to have Takako leave the DPJ. Abe told him “the LDP will train and nurture her.”

 

 Wary of such moves, the DPJ named Takako Suzuki chair of the party convention’s organizing committee on Jan. 30, “so that she won’t go to the LDP,” according to an informed source.

 

 New Party Daichi has decided to support the LDP’s official candidate in the Lower House by-election in the fifth district of Hokkaido in April.

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