On Aug. 27, a night after the Liberal Democratic Party picked the date for its presidential election, candidates began their campaigns to garner endorsements from at least 20 Diet members to qualify for the race.
Former LDP policy chief Kishida Fumio met LDP Secretary-General Nikai Toshihiro at the party’s headquarters on Aug. 27 and conveyed his determination to run for the Sept. 29 race.
After the meeting, Kishida told reporters that he had heard from Nikai, who called on him to “do his best to broaden the party’s influence.”
Kishida proposed at his Aug. 26 press conference that the number of years served by LDP board members not exceed three one-year terms with an eye on Nikai, who has been in the current post for five years. “The topic did not draw particular attention at the meeting,” said Kishida.
On Aug. 27, he also met with the leader, Hosoda Hiroyuki, and other members of the Hosoda faction, the largest in the party. He plans to make the rounds of other faction leaders as well.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, who is seeking reelection, went about business as usual on the same day. He held a Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] and separately met with Administrative Reform Minister Kono Taro and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kajiyama Hiroshi. (Abridged)