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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

August 1, 2016 (AM)

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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]


REPORTER: I would like to ask a question regarding the results of the Tokyo gubernatorial election. Ms. Koike won by a large margin, securing over one million more votes than Mr. Masuda. What is your analysis of the causes of Mr. Masuda’s defeat? 

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: First of all, it is very regrettable that a candidate nominated by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Komeito party was defeated. In any case, we regard that this was an outcome of the choice made by the people of Tokyo on whom to entrust the future of Tokyo. 

REPORTER: I have a related question. The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held four years from now. What kind of a relationship does the Government hope to build with Ms. Koike?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: In any case, we consider that the Government will need to work together for the people. However, the election has just finished, and I gather that this is something that will be considered going forward.


REPORTER: I have a question concerning personnel decisions related to LDP posts. It seems that a short while ago, Chairman Nikai of the General Council stated to the effect that he would accept the Prime Minister’s request to become Secretary-General. Can you explain the aim behind this personnel decision of assigning Mr. Nikai to the post of Secretary-General?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: I am not aware of this, and therefore, I would like to refrain from making comments in my capacity. In any case, I believe the Prime Minister will appoint the right people for the right party positions in order to fully address the various issues we face in and outside of Japan.


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