Yukio Edano, the leader of the main opposition party in Japan, announced his resignation today following disappointing results in the general elections held last Sunday, in which the ruling force won.
The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (PCDJ) won 96 seats in the Lower House of the Japanese Parliament in the elections, below the 110 it had in the concluded legislature and despite having concurred en bloc along with four other progressive opposition forces.
“I was working to form a government, but what we got was a disappointing result,” Edano said at a meeting of his party’s executive held on Tuesday and picked up by local media.
“I apologize for my inability to lead the party”, added the politician, who stressed that he will assume his responsibility by giving up his position as head of the PCDJ, a party that he had been leading since 2017.
Edano was known and respected by the Japanese for being the most visible face and spokesman of the Government during the Fukushima nuclear crisis of 2011, under the Executive of the defunct Democratic Party of Japan.
The 57-year-old politician founded the PCDJ with a group of progressive parliamentarians from the Democratic Party and other forces, but this formation has failed to challenge the solid dominance that the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) has enjoyed since late 2012.
The secretary general of the PCDJ, Tetsuro Fukuyama, also expressed his willingness to resign on Tuesday, while the party plans to convene a primarys after the extraordinary parliamentary session to be held next week.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s PLD won 261 seats out of 465 in the Lower House in Sunday’s elections, thus achieving a comfortable majority along with his government partner, the Buddhist Komeito party, as well as the fourth consecutive term for the conservative formation. .
This party has ruled Japan almost uninterruptedly since 1955, with the only exceptions of the periods 1993-1996 and 2009-2012.
(With information from EFE)