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Nikai faction closes in on third largest LDP faction

  • November 11, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

On Nov. 10, the Nikai faction of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) acknowledged that Jiro Hatoyama had joined the faction. Hatoyama was elected to the Lower House for the first time in the October by-election for the Fukuoka No. 6 constituency. Two of the candidates in the by-election were independents close to the LDP but neither gained the party’s endorsement. Hatoyama received a post-election endorsement from the party. According to leaders of the Nikai faction, Hatoyama decided to join the faction because he had been supported by Diet members in the faction during the by-election.


LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai is actively endeavoring to strengthen his faction, and Hatoyama is the fourth Diet member to join the Nikai faction since Nikai became LDP secretary-general in August this year. The latest addition brings the total membership of the faction to 41. Nikai has decided to permit Lower House members Kotaro Nagasaki and Ryuji Koizumi, two independents who belong to the Nikai faction as “special members,” to return to the LDP. If the two men rejoin the LDP, it will bring the Nikai faction’s total membership to 43, meaning that the faction is within striking distance of the Kishida faction (44 members) in terms of size.



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