LDP Lawmaker Fukuda to Join Koike Aide’s Planned Party (News)
[2017.09.25] Read in: 日本語 |

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.]

  • [2017.09.25]
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