The Weekend Leader - Japan's opposition leader Edano to resign

Japan's opposition leader Edano to resign




The leader of Japan's main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), Yukio Edano on Tuesday announced that he will resign from the post he has served in since the party was founded four years ago, due to its poor performance in the recent general elections.

"My inadequacy is the reason this happened," he said at a party meeting.

"I apologise from the bottom of my heart to all of the party executives, to all of our supporters across the country, and most of all to our colleagues who unfortunately were not elected."

Under the leading of Edano, the CDPJ's presence shrank from 110 seats to 96 in the 465-seat House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, reports Xinhua news agency.

A number of high-profile CDPJ candidates lost in their single-member districts, including heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa in Iwate Prefecture and deputy leader Kiyomi Tsujimoto in Osaka Prefecture, who failed to gain a seat even under proportional representation.

CDPJ had been expected to add its seats as it unified candidates with other opposition groups including the Japanese Communist Party (JCP).

Its major supporter Rengo, Japan's largest labour organisation, had been strongly opposed to cooperating with the JCP and said after the election that the CDPJ had "significant issues to resolve."

"It is the CDPJ's responsibility to take the next step toward becoming an alternative choice for government. In order to do that, I decided we need to work toward next year's House of Councillors election and the next general election under a new leader," Edano said.

Edano said he will stay in office until the end of the special parliamentary session on Nov. 10 and that a leadership election will be held soon after.

CDPJ Secretary General Tetsuro Fukuyama has also expressed his intent to step down to be responsible for the election result.

"I'm filled with regret that we weren't able to welcome many of our colleagues back to parliament. My heart is set. We will announce a way forward for our party soon," Fukuyama tweeted on Monday - IANS

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