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Ex-Upper House member Arai asks for reinstatement of LDP membership

  • September 27, 2017
  • , Sankei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

On Sept. 26, former Upper House member Hiroyuki Arai visited Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai at the party headquarters and submitted a request to have his party membership reinstated. He bucked the party line in the general election held in 2005 featuring postal revitalization and was expelled. He led the Shinto Kaikaku (New Renaissance Party) after joining the Shinto Nippon (New Party Nippon) and other parties. Last year, he retired from politics after losing his seat in the Upper House race. After his meeting with Nikai, he told reporters that there is “no” possibility of him running in a national election in the future.

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