All Sunday papers projected that the September DP presidential election will probably be fought over whether the party should continue collaborating with the Japanese Communist Party. Many officials in the current DP leadership view Acting President Renho as the leading candidate on account of her popularity among the public, noting that she is apparently close to departing DP President Okada. However, Renho’s political patron, former PM Noda, is critical of deepening ties with the JCP. Anti-Okada legislators may ask former DPJ President Maehara or former DPJ Secretary General Hosono to seek the party presidency in the hope of derailing election cooperation with the JCP. Meanwhile, some backbenchers are insisting on a “generational change” in the party leadership and may ask junior lawmaker Yuichiro Tamaki to run in the race.