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Kishida eager to maintain grip on his own faction to rein in Hayashi

Kyodo reported that Prime Minister Kishida has been participating in regular meetings of his own LDP faction even after being elected LDP president and becoming premier last autumn. Unlike most of his predecessors, who left their factions upon assuming the top portfolio, Kishida continues to chair his own faction and has attended at least one weekly meeting a month. The article claimed that the premier is wary that Foreign Minister Hayashi, who belongs to the same faction, has been attending the meetings more frequently than him, probably in a bid to realize his publicly stated ambition to become prime minister in the future. “The prime minister is afraid that his grip on his own faction will loosen if he chooses not to attend regular meetings,” said an unnamed faction source.

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