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Maehara to run in DP leadership race

  • August 26, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo
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All papers wrote that former FM Maehara told DP lawmakers close to him that he will seek the party presidency in the September election, noting that since other politicians are unlikely to run in the race, he will face off with Acting President Renho, who already enjoys strong support from a number of party lawmakers. However, her recent remark calling President Okada a “bore” has caused a stir, with some voicing concern that the gaffe may have adverse effects on her candidacy. Maehara is hoping to enlist the endorsement of conservative members who are critical of the present leadership’s policy of deepening election collaboration with the Japanese Communist Party.

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