Shinjiro Koizumi, head of the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) Agriculture and Forestry Division, discussed the current talk about extending Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s term as party president during a speech in Tokyo on Aug. 25. He said: “I don’t understand why they are talking about it now. Is this an issue that we need to discuss urgently?” He pointed out that the current president will be serving until September 2018, noting that “there is no telling what the political situation will be like after two years.”
LDP Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai has indicated his intention to start coordination on revising the party rule that allows the president to serve only two three-year terms to enable him/her to serve three terms for a total of nine years.
Commenting on the procurement of production materials by the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (ZEN-NOH), Koizumi said that “drastic structural reform” is needed. He indicated great enthusiasm about reforming ZEN-NOH in a process starting in fall.