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12/09/2012

Prefectural Assembly criticizes Governor for having become the leader of a political party

The Prefectural Assembly's general meeting was held on December 3, and interpellations against Governor Kada, who recently formed the Tomorrow Party of Japan, were made by representatives of the political parties.

Of those representatives, Haruo Miura, member from a faction associated with the Liberal Democratic Party, expressed his doubt that Governor's decision might have a negative impact on the Prefecture, saying "I can't wipe out my concerns if Governor continues holding two posts." In answer to the query, Governor Kada reaffirmed her commitment to the prefecture. "I want to reform state politics from the point of view of a prefectural government.

On November 30, Governor cancelled attending a meeting to talk about anti-bullying measures. Instead, she participated in a debate between party leaders, which was held in Tokyo, and met with Ichiro Ozawa, a political figure who joined the new party. On December 4, she will hit the national campaign trail starting from Fukushima. Takanori Sano, chairperson of Prefectural Assembly, commented that Governor should resign if she carries on her mission as head of the party.

Kada told reporters that she would perform her duties as governor. She, however, avoided talking about keeping office until the end of her term in 2014.

(Nihon Keizai Shimbun, December 4, 2012)

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