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LDP in dilemma over how to deal with new Tokyo leader

All papers wrote that the ruling LDP will have difficulty reconciling its differences with Tokyo Governor Koike, as she defeated the LDP candidate by a wide margin. Although the LDP Tokyo chapter is displeased that Koike ran in the race in violation of a party decision, it is concerned that maintaining its defiant line toward the new leader of the….Read more

  • August 2, 2016
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Nagashima to seek DP presidency

All papers reported that former Senior Vice Defense Minister Nagashima expressed his intention on Monday to run in the DP presidential election in September on the platform of conducting a review of the present leadership’s policy of deepening cooperation with the Japanese Communist Party. The hawkish lawmaker has decided to seek the presidency following the poor performance in Sunday’s Tokyo….Read more

  • August 2, 2016
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Osaka Ishin moving to project stronger presence as “third force”

The presence of Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai) is also likely to attract attention in light of the victory of former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike, who was not supported by any political party, in the Tokyo gubernatorial election.

  • August 1, 2016
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POLITICS > Elections

Outcome of Tokyo gubernatorial race reflects defeat of political parties

In the recent Tokyo gubernatorial election, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito supported Hiroya Masuda and four opposition parties – Democratic Party (DP), Japanese Communist Party, Social Democratic Party, and People’s Life Party – supported Shuntaro Torigoe, but they lost to Yuriko Koike, who did not have the endorsement of any party. This was an election in which the….Read more

  • August 1, 2016
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POLITICS > Elections

Ruling, opposition parties shocked by defeat in Tokyo gubernatorial race

The victory of Yuriko Koike, who was not supported by any political party, in the Tokyo gubernatorial election came as a shock to both the ruling and opposition parties. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which endorsed former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Hiroya Masuda, was forced to enter the election with a divided party. Its attempt to rally support….Read more

  • August 1, 2016
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POLITICS > Cabinet

Nikai to be appointed LDP secretary general

All networks reported that PM Abe has decided to tap LDP General Council Chairman Nikai as LDP secretary general, with TBS saying that the premier chose Nikai in the hope of maintaining stability within the party since Nikai is capable of controlling the party and has strong connections with Komeito. Nikai told reporters this morning that he has accepted the….Read more

  • August 1, 2016
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DP President Okada to relinquish post in September

All Sunday papers gave front- and inside-page play to a press conference on Saturday by DP President Okada, during which he said he will not seek reelection in the party presidential election in September. Okada said he has already accomplished most of what he set out to achieve as party president, including a merger with the Japan Innovation Party and….Read more

  • July 31, 2016
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Renho, Maehara to seek DP presidency

All Sunday papers projected that the September DP presidential election will probably be fought over whether the party should continue collaborating with the Japanese Communist Party. Many officials in the current DP leadership view Acting President Renho as the leading candidate on account of her popularity among the public, noting that she is apparently close to departing DP President Okada.….Read more

  • July 31, 2016
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Hosoda may serve as LDP Acting Secretary General until Tanigaki recovers

NTV reported at noon that PM Abe officially announced today that he will reshuffle his cabinet and the LDP leadership on Aug. 3. The network said if Tanigaki is likely to return by the extraordinary Diet session in September, the premier is considering having LDP Acting Secretary General Hosoda fill in for Tanigaki until he recovers from his injury. The….Read more

  • July 28, 2016
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LDP factions jockeying for cabinet posts for their members

There is an abundance of “cabinet minister aspirants” in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). It used to be that Diet members serving five or more terms in the House of Representatives or three or more terms in the House of Councillors became eligible for cabinet appointments. Based on this criterion, there are around 70 minister hopefuls at present. Since getting….Read more

  • July 29, 2016
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