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Yamaguchi may continue to serve as Komeito chief

  • July 30, 2022
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The Saturday editions of all national dailies wrote that although Komeito Chief Representative Yamaguchi had been expected to step down when his term expires in September, there are opinions within the party that he should stay in the post. The papers wrote that there is a sense of urgency within the party to rebuild it ahead of the nationwide local elections next spring because it lost a seat in the proportional presentation segment of the July 10 Upper House election. The papers also wrote that although it had been widely expected that Secretary General Ishii would succeed Yamaguchi, some in the party believe that Yamaguchi’s popularity and experience will be necessary to regain voter support. However, others reportedly insist that the party should refresh its leadership ahead of the spring elections.

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