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Ex-education minister Hayashi to run for lower house

  • June 24, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 9:54 p.m.
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TOKYO – Former education minister Yoshimasa Hayashi aims to switch from the upper house of Japan’s parliament to the more powerful lower house, likely pitting him against a member of a rival faction within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the upcoming general election, people familiar with the matter said Thursday.

 

Hayashi will run for the House of Representatives seat representing Yamaguchi Prefecture’s No. 3 district currently held by former Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura, they said.

 

Preparations in Hayashi’s camp for the general election are already under way, with the 26-year veteran of the House of Councillors having already moved his residence to the constituency and set up an office there. He will announce the decision soon in a press conference, the people said on condition of anonymity.

 

“We’re hearing what the constituency wants, and it’s important to make an effort to meet those expectations,” Hayashi said during a TV appearance last week.

 

Hayashi has also served as defense minister and farm minister. The 60-year-old Harvard graduate belongs to a liberal-leaning faction within the LDP led by former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

 

Meanwhile, 78-year-old Kawamura, who has held the House of Representatives seat since 1990, is part of a group headed by LDP Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai.

 

The general election, to be called before the current four-year terms of lower house members end on Oct. 21, is set to be a showdown between the two with the focus on which, if any, candidate the LDP officially endorses.

 

The Kishida and Nikai factions also have competing claims to Shizuoka Prefecture’s No. 5 district.

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