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Nikai: LDP won’t support election campaigns of study-shy members

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai addresses a meeting on a tax system to support national resilience from disasters at LDP headquarters in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday.

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai warned Thursday that the party would not support the election campaigns of LDP lawmakers who skip the party’s study meetings.

“There is no way the party headquarters will support those who claim they are poor at campaigning even though they don’t come to study at meetings like this,” he said at the LDP lawmakers’ discussion meeting on a tax system to support national resilience from disasters. He noted low turnout at the meeting, held at the party headquarters in Tokyo.

The small number of participants, about 20, was partly due to the fact that many LDP lawmakers had returned to their constituencies for local engagements.

Building national resilience is a life’s work for Nikai. The meeting on Thursday considered requests from business organizations across the country, ahead of the compilation of the ruling coalition’s tax system reform outline at the end of this year.