Izumi Elected Japan Opposition CDP's New Leader

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan elected Kenta Izumi, the main opposition party's policy chief, as its new leader Tuesday.

Izumi, 47, beat Seiji Osaka, 62, former special adviser to the prime minister, in a runoff in the leadership election, which was held after former CDP chief Yukio Edano stepped down to take responsibility for the party's defeat in the Oct. 31 election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of Japan's parliament.

Izumi is expected to swiftly decide the lineup of CDP executives. An outline will be decided within this week.

He plans to give positions to Osaka and the other two candidates who vied for the CDP leadership--former Parliamentary Vice Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Junya Ogawa, 50, and former State Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Chinami Nishimura, 54.

Izumi aims to have women account for half of the executive team, sources said.

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