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Hosono quits as DP deputy president

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Goshi Hosono tendered his resignation on Thursday as deputy president of the major opposition Democratic Party, dealing an additional blow to DPJ chief Renho.

Former State Defense Minister Akihisa Nagashima, a former secretary general of the DP’s Tokyo chapter, offered to leave the party on Monday over campaign policy gaps with the party leadership.

Speaking at a press conference, Renho apologized to DP supporters for the moves by Hosono and Nagashima that come ahead of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election in July.

Hosono, a conservative member of the DP, cited his dissatisfaction with the party leadership’s stance about constitutional amendments as the reason for his resignation.Speech

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