The Monday editions of all national dallies reported on a party convention held by the Komeito party on Sunday in Tokyo. Natsuo Yamaguchi secured his seventh two-year term as party leader. The party also elected Keiichi Ishii, who is seen as a possible successor to Yamaguchi, as secretary general, replacing Tetsuo Saito, who will become deputy leader. The papers speculated that Prime Minister Suga’s attendance at the party convention was intended to demonstrate the LDP’s close ties with its junior coalition partner. Suga stated that he would like to ask for Komeito’s cooperation in achieving his policy goals.