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Ishiba says he identifies with Kishida faction’s policies

  • April 20, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 7
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At the Ishiba faction general assembly on April 19, former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba indicated that he identifies with the policies of the Kishida faction, which is led by LDP Policy Research Council Chairperson Fumio Kishida. “Their faction is taking a similar direction to us,” he said. Ishiba has expressed the desire to run in the LDP presidential election this autumn, and his statement suggests he will seek Kishida’s cooperation with an eye to being a strong rival to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Kisihida is also a potential replacement for Abe,

 

At a political fundraising party on April 18, the Kishida faction announced the outline of its policies and called for “building a sustainable economy, public finances, and social security.” Ishiba said with reference to his faction’s policy goal of “creating a sustainable Japan,” which he set in 2015 when he launched his faction: “I sincerely respect the efforts of the Kochikai.”

 

Kishida has been invited to a luncheon hosted by former Environment Minister and Ishiba aide Ichiro Kamoshita on April 24 and plans to give a talk. Regarding running in the autumn election, Kishida avoided making a clear statement at the fundraising party on the 18th but said, “We must renew our resolve to steer the nation as we face these perilous times.”

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