Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Yoshihiro Suzuki, a House of Representatives lawmaker of the main opposition Democratic Party, handed a letter of resignation from the party to DP Secretary General Atsushi Oshima on Wednesday.
“My political sense has diverged” from that of the party, Suzuki told reporters on his reasons for leaving the DP.
Oshima requested Suzuki to resign as a lower house member, as he was given the seat in the latest election under the proportional representation system following his defeat in a contest in his single-member constituency.
Suzuki is a member of a group of lawmakers headed by former Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who left the DP last month. Suzuki has indicated his wish to work with Hosono.
It will be the first time since the party’s new leadership team led by President Seiji Maehara was launched last week for a DP member to leave due to dissatisfaction with party management.
Suzuki’s departure will be an additional blow to Maehara, following the resignation of Shiori Yamao, once tapped for the post of DP secretary general, from the party amid allegations of an extramarital affair last week.
In addition, Hirofumi Ryu and Yuichi Goto, both members of Hosono’s group, are also considering leaving the DP, as are Nobuyuki Fukushima and Shuhei Kishimoto. All four are members of the lower house.
Although the leadership team is trying to persuade the four to stay, the efforts will likely be in vain. Oshima met with Suzuki on Tuesday and urged him to stay.
After serving as a secretary for a lawmaker and a Saitama prefectural assembly member, Suzuki was first elected to the all-important lower chamber in 2012 from a different opposition party. He is in his second term.Speech