Reiwa Shinsengumi party leader Yamamoto to resign as lower house member
12:42 JST, April 15, 2022
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Taro Yamamoto, leader of Japanese opposition party Reiwa Shinsengumi, on Friday submitted his resignation as a House of Representatives member to run in this summer’s House of Councillors election.
“I’ve decided to resign because I think it necessary to increase the party’s seats in the next election” for the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, Yamamoto told a press conference.
In the Upper House election, he plans to run in a prefectural constituency, though he did not say which constituency he will run in.
Yamamoto was elected to the all-important lower chamber from the Tokyo proportional representation bloc in October last year. His resignation is expected to be approved at a Lower House plenary meeting as early as Tuesday.
Yamamoto is in his first term as a Lower House member. If his resignation is approved, the party’s runner-up candidate under the proportional representation system is expected to take the vacant seat.
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