LDP presidential election expected to be decided tomorrow The movement of each faction is in full swing August 31 4:13
The LDP presidential election, which will replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is expected to be decided on the first day, with the selection of a new president and the schedule, and the movement of each faction with a view to this will begin in earnest. So far, Chairman of the Political Affairs Research Committee Kishida and former Secretary General Ishiba have shown a willingness to run, and expectations for Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan’s candidacy have spread beyond the borders of the factions, and Mr. Kan’s movements have become one of the focal points.
The LDP presidential election, which will replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is expected to be decided by a one-day general meeting, with the party’s executive branch omitting the party’s vote and meeting of members of both houses of parliament from 13 to 15 next month. With this in mind, the factions are scheduled to meet one after another on the 31st, and the move to the president’s election will begin in earnest.
Mr. Kishida Asks Mr. Aso and others for cooperation
Under these circumstances, Mr. Kishida, the chairman of the Political Affairs Research Committee, who has shown a willingness to run for the presidency, held a series of meetings with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, former Prime Minister Mori, and former Secretary General Hosoda, chairman of the Hosoda faction, on March 30 to directly convey his willingness to run for the presidency and seek cooperation.
Mr. Kishida will meet with faction leaders on the 31st to discuss policies to appeal in the president’s election, with the intention of formally announcing his candidacy soon.
Mr. Ishiba Talks with Faction Executives
Former Secretary General Ishiba, who has also shown a willingness to run, returned to Tokyo after a lecture in Otsu City on March 30 to discuss how to deal with the faction’s executives.
After this, Mr. Ishiba told reporters, “It was all up to me to decide. I have not changed my mind about my candidacy.”
Mr. Ishiba will also meet with young members of the faction to hear their opinions and prepare for the candidacy.
Mr. Kan’s focus on developments
Meanwhile, Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan met with Secretary-General Nikai and Chairman Moriyama, chairman of the Diet, on September 29, and senior officials suggested that Mr. Kan could support him as a faction if he ran.
Mr. Kan has not disclosed whether he will run so far, but his expectations for Mr. Kan’s candidacy have spread beyond the factions, with a group of young lawmakers close to Mr. Kan meeting on March 31 to consider a request for a candidacy, and Mr. Kan’s movements have become one of the focal points.
Hosoda school general meeting on the 31st
In addition, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s largest faction in the party, Hosoda Faction, held a meeting of senior officials on the evening of the 30th and a united response as a faction, but some of the factions adth noted that they should issue their own candidates, and they decided to hear opinions from their members at the general meeting held on the 31st.
On the other hand, there is a strong opinion within the party that a new president should be expected without omitting the vote of party members, and there has been debate over the state of the presidential election, with young members of the party promoting signature activities.