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DP members dissatisfied with Renho continuing as party leader

  • July 6, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Dissatisfaction is spreading in the Democratic Party (DP) regarding Renho remaining in office as party leader. The DP won only five seats in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, thus failing to maintain its pre-election strength of seven seats. Before the DP had finished assessing the results of Sunday’s runoff, Renho announced that she would continue as party leader. On July 5, DP Upper House member Teruhiko Mashiko wrote in his email newsletter: “The historic mission of the DP as a party has ended if its leader refuses to take responsibility [for the election results] and stays in office.” Former Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Kazuhiro Haraguchi wrote on his Twitter account: “It’s pointless to work with someone who refuses to take responsibility.”


At the DP executive board meeting on July 4, Renho said with reference to the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election results: “The situation is very serious. We need to earnestly think about the results.” She went on to say, though, “I want to continue to work on the front lines.”


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