FOCUS: LDP Factional Tensions Intensify over Ex-Opposition Bigwig

Politics

Tokyo, March 2 (Jiji Press)--Tensions are intensifying between two internal factions of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a House of Representatives constituency in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, currently represented by a former key opposition figure.

In the No. 5 Shizuoka constituency, the faction led by LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai is moving to support the former opposition member, Goshi Hosono, 47, who served as environment minister and in other senior positions during the administration of the then Democratic Party of Japan.

Hosono, currently an independent lawmaker, is believed to be seeking to join the LDP. Backing his move, the Nikai faction has recently accepted him as a "special" member.

Meanwhile, the faction led by former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, currently chairman of the party's Policy Research Council, has a member working to be elected from the Shizuoka constituency.

The Kishida group member, Takeru Yoshikawa, 36, lost to Hosono in the constituency in the 2012, 2014 and 2017 Lower House polls. In the 2012 election, however, he secured a proportional representation seat of the LDP.

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