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Komeito preparing to hold party convention on Sept. 30

  • June 26, 2018
  • , Sankei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

Komeito has begun to make arrangements to hold its biennial party convention on Sept. 30. The junior coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) usually holds a party convention around Sept. 20 every year. But it will delay the convention by about a week this year in light of the LDP’s planned leadership election to be held on Sept. 20 or 21 before the second term of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also the LDP president, expires. At the convention, the party will confirm its strategies for winning next year’s unified local elections and Upper House election. Attention is also focused on whether party leader Natsuo Yamaguchi and Secretary-General Yoshihisa Inoue, who have both been in their posts for almost 10 years after being appointed in September 2009, will resign or stay in their posts.

 

Komeito will hold a national convention on July 7 and announce the candidates for the unified local elections and Upper House election. At the party convention, Komeito is expected to decide on election campaign strategies and important policies in a bid to restore the party’s strength given the fact that it won less than seven million votes for the first time in the proportional representation blocs in last year’s Lower House election under the current system.

 

Yamaguchi and Inoue have been in their current posts since 2009, when the LDP and Komeito fell from power and became opposition parties. Whether or not they will remain in their posts will be a major focus of the upcoming party convention. A Komeito member says, “It’s hard to image that the party will be represented by new faces ahead of the major election next year.” But some in the party are calling for the need to pass the torch to the next generation of leaders.

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