Ex-Defense Minister Kishi Offers to Resign as Lawmaker


Tokyo, Feb. 3 (Jiji Press)--Former Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, submitted a letter of resignation as a House of Representatives member to the speaker of the lower chamber of the Diet on Friday.

Kishi's resignation for health reasons is expected to be approved at a plenary meeting of the Lower House on Tuesday. The younger brother of the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been using a wheelchair recently.

A by-election in his constituency, the No. 2 constituency in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is expected to be held on April 23, along with by-elections in the No. 5 constituency in Chiba Prefecture, the No. 1 constituency in Wakayama Prefecture and the No. 4 constituency in Yamaguchi.

Kishi became a lawmaker for the first time in the 2004 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, and then switched to the Lower House. He has been elected four times to the lower chamber since 2012.

Kishi was appointed to the post of special adviser on national security to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in August last year. On Friday, the government approved Kishi's resignation from the post. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara will serve concurrently in the adviser post.

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