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Ishin approves party leader Matsui’s resignation

The Sunday editions of all national dailies wrote that the Japan Innovation Party (Ishin) officially accepted the resignation of its leader, Matsui Ichiro, during a virtual convention on Saturday. The party will hold its first-ever leadership election on Aug. 27 to choose Matsui’s successor. The papers speculated that the resignation of Matsui, a co-founder of the party, could affect the party’s future. Baba Nobuyuki, the co-leader of the party, has expressed eagerness to run in the leadership race, and Umemura Mizuho, an Upper House member, also intends to run.

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