2021.08.23 07:02Nation

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2021.08.23 07:02Nation

FOCUS: Election Setback Seen Eroding Support for Suga in LDP

The humiliating defeat of an ally of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in a closely watched mayoral election on his home turf on Sunday sent shock waves through the Japanese government.
   With only two months left until the term of the House of Representatives lawmakers expires, calls are likely to gain traction for replacing Suga as the face of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the run-up to the LDP leadership election expected to be held in September. Suga's term as LDP president expires at the end of September.
   On Sunday, Suga replied in text message, "I appreciate your hard work," after receiving an email from Hachiro Okonogi, former chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, reporting his loss in the mayoral election in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.
   Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai, a close aide to Suga, said in a television interview that "the LDP was unable to rally members behind Okonogi and recommend him" as an official candidate.
   Okonogi, who was chairman of the LDP's Kanagawa chapter, resigned as a member of the Suga cabinet in June to take responsibility for failing to field an original candidate for the Yokohama race, and he himself ran in the mayoral election.