Kenta Izumi, the political leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, officially announced her candidacy for the party’s leadership election at the end of the month on Wednesday.
Before the start of the campaign on Friday, Seiji Osaka, 62, a former special adviser to the prime minister, also announced his candidacy for the party’s leadership, while Chinami Nishimura, 54, former deputy health minister of the Work and Welfare, expressed intention to attend a meeting of some CDP members.
Izumi, 47, said he would seek to build a society in which people can feel safe and pledged to reform his party after his defeat in the general election on October 31.
“I want to be at the forefront of party reform,” said Izumi. “I want to change the negative image of the party into a positive one.”
While the opposition parties unified the candidates in a bid to consolidate the Democratic Party’s anti-liberal vote in the House of Representatives elections, Izumi did not set a clear direction on how the party should work with them. other parties in the House of Councilors elections next year.
“I will think about what to do taking into account the number of seats and the situation in each area,” he said. “I’m not ruling out any options.”
Osaka said, “I will broaden our political landscape to make the CDP a party that embraces a wide range of opinions.” He is supported by a group of liberal CDP members, the party’s largest intra-party group.
“I will work hard to create a better policy,” said Nishimura, a member of a CDP group that includes former Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Some CDP members have sought to field a candidate for leadership.
Junya Ogawa, 50, former parliamentary deputy minister of home affairs and communications, and Hiroshi Ogushi, 56, former parliamentary deputy minister of finance, also suggested that they were ready to run for the CDP leadership.
The election will take place on November 30 after Yukio Edano announced his resignation as CDP leader following the party’s defeat in the Lower House election.
The new party leader will be responsible for leading the party until the upper house election next summer.
The CDP, which previously held 110 seats in the powerful 465-member lower house, currently has 96 seats despite partnering with other opposition parties, including the Communist Party of Japan, to create a front. united against the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
The LDP won 261 seats, retaining a comfortable majority to effectively control all standing committees and lead the legislative process.
Komeito, the junior partner of the PLD coalition, went from 29 to 32 seats.
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