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LDP-backed ex-deputy governor to run in Osaka gubernatorial race

Jiji Press OSAKA (Jiji Press) — Tadakazu Konishi, former deputy governor of Osaka Prefecture, said Monday he has decided to run in the upcoming gubernatorial election in the prefecture at the request of the Liberal Democratic Party.

At a press conference, Konishi criticized Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura for tendering their resignations to hold gubernatorial and mayoral elections simultaneously to break the current impasse in the prefectural and city assemblies over their initiative to make Osaka a metropolis as powerful as Tokyo.

Matsui is bidding to become Osaka Mayor and Yoshimura Osaka governor. “They are making light of public positions,” Konishi said.

Konishi will run in the governor’s race as an independent candidate backed by the LDP, the ruling party in the national politics. He will also seek support from Komeito, the LDP’s coalition partner.

“I want to end Osaka metropolis discussions and start talks on the growth of Osaka,” he said.

The LDP tapped Konishi, who resigned as deputy Osaka governor in 2015 due to a conflict with Matsui, after actor Takuro Tatsumi rejected the party’s request to run in the election, to be held on April 7 together with the mayoral election.

The LDP, an opposition party both in the Osaka prefectural and municipal assemblies, aims to pick a mayoral candidate as soon as possible by seeking cooperation from the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People, as well as Komeito, to challenge Matsui-headed Osaka Ishin no Kai, the ruling party in the local assemblies.Speech

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