Retired Tanigaki Rejects LDP Request for Running in Upper House Election


Tokyo, March 13 (Jiji Press)--Sadakazu Tanigaki, former head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, turned down on Wednesday a request by LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai for running in the House of Councillors election this summer.

During a lunch meeting with Nikai at a Tokyo hotel, Tanigaki, who retired from politics following serious injuries in a bicycle accident in July 2016, said that he will focus on rehabilitation and lead a life without causing trouble to anyone.

"One year and several months after leaving hospital, I have come to understand what I can do," Tanigaki, also former LDP secretary-general, told reporters after the meeting.

Meanwhile, Nikai said that he told Tanigaki about senior LDP members' wish for his comeback. "I think our wish was sufficiently conveyed," Nisai said.

The party's Acting Secretary-General Motoo Hayashi, Chief Deputy Secretary-General Tomomi Inada and Toshiaki Endo, former Olympic minister, also took part in the meeting, set up by Nikai to thank Tanigaki for delivering a special speech at a party convention in February.

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