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Suga seeks cooperation from LDP’s largest faction

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday sought cooperation from the largest faction of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

“I want to meet the people’s expectations through regulatory reform, correcting vested interests and an excessive tendency to stick to precedents,” Suga said at a fund-raising party of the faction, led by former LDP Secretary-General Hiroyuki Hosoda.

The faction supported Suga in the LDP’s presidential election this month.

The party was joined by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who left the faction’s predecessor when he launched his second administration in December 2012.

Some members of the Hosoda faction are calling on Abe to return to the group.

The party was also attended by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, president of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, postponed to 2021 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Mori stressed his determination to hold the Tokyo Games next year, while Hosoda called for efforts to make the games a success.

The faction has 98 lawmakers. Five of them won posts in Suga’s cabinet, launched Sept. 16.

The party was to be held in May, but it was put off amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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