Japan opposition leader Edano to quit post after poor election results
Written by tokyoclub on November 2, 2021
Yukio Edano (R), head of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, gives a TV interview at a Tokyo hotel on Oct. 31, 2021, following the day’s House of Representatives election. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Yukio Edano said Tuesday he will resign as leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan following its poor showing in the general election.
The 57-year-old, who has criticized the government’s COVID-19 response under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his predecessors, has headed the party since its founding in October 2017.
The CDPJ’s presence in the 465-seat House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, shrank from 110 to 96 despite expectations to make gains after unifying candidates with other opposition groups including the Japanese Communist Party.
“It’s very unfortunate that we lost seats and I want to apologize,” Edano told reporters Monday.
Well known for his time as the government’s top spokesman during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Edano led a group of liberal lawmakers who moved from the now-defunct Democratic Party to form the CDPJ.
CDPJ Secretary General Tetsuro Fukuyama has also voiced his intent to step down to take responsibility for the election result.
“I’m filled with regret that we weren’t able to welcome many of our colleagues back to parliament. My heart is set. We will announce a way forward for our party soon,” Fukuyama tweeted Monday.