(Mainichi: February 25, 2016 – p. 1)
Japan Post Holdings President Taizo Nishimuro, 80, has not yet returned to his official duties after being hospitalized for tests. Some people in the government are calling for him to retire. The view is gaining ground that if his hospitalization is prolonged, he will have to step down from his post to minimize the impact on Japan Post’s business operations. However, there is a possibility that arrangements for his successor will run into difficulties. Replacing him will probably cause upheaval.
The government plans to make arrangements for Nishimuro’s replacement by selecting from among those who have been president of a commercial enterprise. There is a view that if the government runs into difficulties in selecting a successor, Japan Post Holdings Vice President Yasuo Suzuki, 65, will be promoted to serve on a provisional basis. However, since Suzuki was former administrative vice minister for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, there is a possibility of criticism being raised that the president should be selected from the private sector. Some government officials are wary of the idea of promoting Suzuki. (Abridged)