It was revealed on May 28 that Yoshitake Yokokura, president of the Japan Medical Association (JMA), intends to step down when his term of office expires in June 2020 and not to run in the next Board of Trustees election. Yokokura told a Nikkei reporter that he would like to avoid running in the election in order to “make preparations for the second wave of the new coronavirus.”
Yokokura has served four two-year terms as JMA president for a total of eight years since 2012. He was president of the World Medical Association for one year in 2017. Yokokura has a close ties with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The JMA has planned a Board of Trustees election for June 27. In the event that only one candidate runs for the presidency, the candidate will be elected without taking a vote.