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(Update) New Tokyo Games Chief Hashimoto to Leave LDP

(Update) New Tokyo Games Chief Hashimoto to Leave LDP

   Tokyo, Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)--Seiko Hashimoto, new president of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee, offered on Friday to leave Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
   Hashimoto, 56, tendered a letter of resignation to the LDP leadership due to concerns that party membership may give rise to doubt about her compliance with the political neutrality called for in the Olympic Charter.
   She will not relinquish her seat in the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, however.
   Earlier on Friday, Hashimoto told reporters that she would not secede from the LDP, but she reversed course after facing calls from both ruling and opposition parties for reconsideration.
   Some in the opposition camp are also questioning the advisability of Hashimoto remaining an Upper House lawmaker.

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