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Komeito Chief Yamaguchi OK'd for 7th Term

Komeito Chief Yamaguchi OK'd for 7th Term

   Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--Komeito, the coalition partner of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, approved the seventh term of its leader, Natsuo Yamaguchi, at a party convention in Tokyo on Sunday.
   Yamaguchi, 68, will serve in the top party post for another two years until September 2022.
   Also approved at the convention were the appointments of Keiichi Ishii, 62, acting secretary-general of Komeito, as secretary-general and Yuzuru Takeuchi, 62, former state minister of health, labor and welfare, as chair of the party's Policy Research Council.
   Ishii and Takeuchi succeeded Tetsuo Saito, 68, and Noritoshi Ishida, 69, respectively. Saito and Ishida were named deputy heads of the party.
   The reshuffle is intended to rejuvenate Komeito's executive team as the party prepares for the next election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, toward the end of the current Lower House members' terms of office in October next year.

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