By Hayashi Hiroki
Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hayashi Yoshimasa (60) will submit his resignation as a member of the House of Councillors (Yamaguchi constituency) as early as Aug. 16, the Mainichi Shimbun learned from a source. Hayashi is a member of the Kishida faction of the Liberal Democratic Party. He has already announced his candidacy for the Yamaguchi District No. 3 seat in the upcoming House of Representatives election. A by-election for the Upper House seat vacated by his resignation is expected to be held on Oct. 24 in accordance with the Public Offices Election Act.