The Japan Restoration Party will be having the same leaders even after the party’s defeat at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election last Sunday. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Shintaro Ishihara, a former governor of Tokyo, will be keeping their leadership posts. During the Sunday election, the JRP was only able to secure two seats, while the Liberal Democratic Party, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, won 59 seats.
Hashimoto, who hinted last week that he would step down from his post if the party did badly at the election, admitted that JRP’s loss was his fault, mainly because of his uncalled comment regarding women who had worked in brothels during the Second World War. “I take responsibility for the results in the Tokyo election, but I am asking the public to give us a mandate in the upper house election. We cannot let the LDP take control of both houses of the Diet,” Hashimoto said in a conference.
The Osaka Mayor will be sharing the leadership over Japan Restoration Party with Shintaro Ishihara, who even criticized Hashimoto before the Sunday election. The 80-year old co-leader of the party also apologized for his limited appearances for the campaign, being limited by his age. But Ishihara had already put Sunday’s result behind, and is setting his eyes for the election of the House of Chancellors, which will take place next month. “What we now have to do is regroup and fight in the next election,” said Ishihara.
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