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LDP faction leaders warn against complacency after UH election victory

  • July 15, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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On July 14, various factions of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held their first meeting after the recent House of Councillors election, where faction leaders warned against complacency in light of the ruling parties’ impressive victory in anticipation of the next House of Representatives election.

 

In a meeting of the Nikai faction, General Council chair Toshihiro Nikai pointed out that the LDP alone may control a majority for the first time in 27 years but remarked that “we must not be conceited. It is precisely at a time like this that we need to work seriously.”

 

LDP members expressed concern about the opposition united front because the party’s candidates were defeated by the opposition’s common candidates in a number of single-seat districts, particularly in the Tohoku region.

 

Deputy Secretary General Hiroyuki Hosoda, who chairs the Hosoda faction, noted that “the opposition parties will probably also unite in fielding candidates in the next Lower House election. We must brace up and make sure that we can win in any kind of election.” At a meeting of the Ishiba faction, there was an opinion that “we must not rejoice exuberantly over the election victory. We need to analyze how opposition cooperation will affect the Lower House election.”

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