Japan Lower House Speaker Oshima to Retire from Politics

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--House of Representatives Speaker Tadamori Oshima said Thursday that he will retire from politics by choosing not to run in the next election for the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, which will take place by autumn.

Oshima, 74, told a news conference in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, his hometown in northeastern Japan, that his duty now is to find a candidate who will succeed his constituency and can work long for a new era.

"I have someone to endorse in mind," he said, without specifying who the person is.

While referring to his 37-year career in national politics, Oshima said he now hopes to work outside the political spotlight.

Oshima made a political debut in 1983, when he was elected to the Lower House for the first time. He has won a total of 12 elections.

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