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Nukaga to visit South Korea on Feb. 8

  • February 3, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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Former Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will visit South Korea from Feb. 8 through 10 on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Nukaga has been pressed by Upper House members of his own intraparty faction to step down as faction leader. Some say he should decide whether he will resign or stay before visiting the neighboring country.

 

The Nukaga faction’s Upper House members are poised to bolt the faction unless Nukaga expresses his intention to resign by the beginning of this month. They initially set a deadline for making a decision on Jan. 31, but later postponed it. A faction cadre in the Upper House says, “The deadline can be extended to a maximum of one week.” Attention will be focused on whether Nukaga will express his intention before leaving for South Korea.

 

Nukaga chairs the Japan-South Korea parliamentary league and will attend the opening ceremony with some 10 Diet members of the ruling and opposition parties. LDP General Council Chairman Wataru Takeshita, a Nukaga faction member who is being named as a prospective successor to Nukaga, will accompany Nukaga to South Korea as a member of the parliamentary league.

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