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Matsui to remain leader of Japan Innovation Party

All national dailies reported on Sunday that the Japan Innovation Party held a meeting on Saturday and decided against holding an election to choose a party leader and keep Matsui Ichiro in the post. The papers wrote that the JIP, now the third largest political party in Japan, will tackle the Upper House election in the summer of 2022 under Matsui’s leadership. The dailies also reported that Katayama Toranosuke, the 86-year-old co-leader of the JIP, stepped down on Saturday due to illness. Katayama is also expected to resign as a lawmaker. Matsui is reportedly planning to tap Secretary General Baba Nobuyuki to replace Katayama.

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