LDP Lawmaker Fukuda to Join Koike Aide's Planned Party (News)
Tokyo, Sept. 24 (Jiji Press)—Fukuda Mineyuki, state minister of the Cabinet Office, said Sunday that he will quit the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to join a party to be created by an aide to Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko.
Fukuda, a House of Representatives lawmaker, is the first LDP member to announce his intention to take part in the new party, which will be launched by Wakasa Masaru, a member of the same chamber.
The development deals a blow to Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, the LDP's president, who is expected to announce on Monday his plan to dissolve the all-important lower chamber of the Diet for a snap general election in October.
Separately, Nakayama Kyōko, head of the Party for Japanese Kokoro, met with Koike to convey her intention to join the new party.
Fukuda, a member of the LDP faction led by Deputy Prime Minister Asō Tarō, is in his third term as a lower house member.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]