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Abe to appoint new LDP leadership

  • August 2, 2016
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Most papers reported in front- and inside-page articles on the new LDP leadership lineup that Prime Minister Abe is set to appoint tomorrow, noting that General Council Chairman Nikai will be tapped as secretary general and Nikai’s position will be filled by Deputy Secretary General Hosoda. Election Committee Chairman Motegi will lead the party’s Policy Research Council. On the cabinet reshuffle, Regional Revitalization Minister Ishiba has reportedly turned down the premier’s offer for him to remain in his current post.

 

Noting that Nikai has been faithful to the prime minister and has expressed willingness to alter the party rules to extend the LDP presidential term for Abe, the dailies said the prime minister may be exploring the possibility of continuing to be party leader beyond September 2018. As Nikai is a political heavyweight who is keen to expand his own faction within the LDP, some papers speculated that the appointment of Nikai will upset the power balance between the Kantei and the ruling party. As for Ishiba’s decision not to stay in the cabinet, several dailies speculated that the veteran politician is inclined to distance himself from the Abe administration with the goal of seeking the party presidency after Abe steps down.  

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