Shiga Governor Yukiko Kada has announced her resignation as the leader of Nippon Mirai no To (Tomorrow Party of Japan), the anti-nuclear party that formed only a month ago but suffered an embarrassing loss at the December 16th general elections. Since the disappointing outcome, Shiga’s prefectural assembly has been pressuring Kada to resign, arguing that she has been neglecting her duties as governor while trying to lead a national political party.
On December 26th, the Shiga assembly passed a resolution that stated she needed to step down as party leader, otherwise her multiple leadership roles would continue to interfere with each other. The formal announcement is expected to come tomorrow, January 4th, and will see Tomoko Abe, a lawmaker in the Lower House, appointed as successor. It is also assumed that Kada will continue to be involved in the party’s activities, possibly as an adviser, however that won’t be formally decided until a January 6th party meeting.
The Tomorrow Party was formed on November 27th, with Governor Kada joining forces with former political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa, just before campaigning for the Lower House election began. Most of the party’s lawmakers ended up losing their seats, and as it only has on Diet member now, less than the legal requirement of five to be recognized as national party, it will not be represented in parliament. Last week essentially saw the party’s dissolution anyway, as Ozawa and Kada stated they were going their separate ways.
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