On July 18, former Chief Cabinet Secretary Kawamura Takeo, who belongs to Liberal Democratic Party’s Nikai faction, mentioned the possibility of not running in the next general election if he cannot win the party’s endorsement for the Yamaguchi No. 3 district seat. “If I am not endorsed, I will decline [to run in the race],” he said to reporters in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Upper House member Hayashi Yoshimasa, a member of the Kishida faction, has already expressed his intent to switch to the Lower House and run from the No. 3 district. All eyes are on who will win the LDP endorsement.