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LDP policy chief decides against seeking party presidency

  • August 31, 2021
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All national papers reported that LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Shimomura announced yesterday that he will not run in the LDP party presidential race. He reportedly decided that seeking the presidency would be “incompatible” with the duties that he must perform as the ruling party’s top policy official in view of Prime Minister Suga’s instructions to the LDP leadership yesterday to devise a fresh pump-priming package.


Meanwhile, former LDP Secretary General Ishiba told the press on Monday that “his mind remains open” on whether to run for LDP president. He stressed that it is critical for the Suga administration to convene an extraordinary Diet session without delay to discuss how to rein in the novel coronavirus.

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