All national papers wrote that three mid-career lawmakers of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) officially announced their intentions on Wednesday to run in the party leadership race to be held on Nov. 30. Policy Research Committee Chairman Izumi Kenta, former Advisor to Prime Minister Osaka Seiji, and former Senior Vice Minister for Health and Labor Nishimura Chinami will file their candidacies in the campaign that will officially begin tomorrow.
zumi is reportedly calling for a review of former President Edano’s policy of deepening election cooperation with the Japanese Communist Party, whereas the two other candidates revealed their plans to uphold it in the belief that CDPJ candidates would not be able to defeat their LDP rivals in many single-seat districts without joining hands with other opposition parties. Asahi said Nishimura underscored her commitment to achieving gender equality, while Izumi stressed the importance for the CDPJ to seek institutional reforms to turn around people’s “negative image” of the party. Osaka, a former mayor and fifth-term legislator, stressed that he would strive to restore public trust in the CDPJ. Two other lawmakers are also reportedly considering running in the election.