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Hayashi resigns as LDP upper house caucus' No. 2 over internal rift.

TOKYO, Sept. 21 Kyodo

Upper house lawmaker Yoshimasa Hayashi said Wednesday he has submitted his resignation to the Liberal Democratic Party as deputy chairman of the main opposition's caucus in the House of Councillors, citing his displeasure over management and personnel issues.

''I was not consulted on various issues. Under the current circumstances, I will not be able to give my full support to (caucus) Chairman (Hirofumi) Nakasone,'' Hayashi told reporters. Meanwhile, he plans to stay as acting chairman of the LDP's Policy Research Council.

Nakasone has not accepted the resignation, submitted Tuesday, and is trying to persuade Hayashi to stay, senior party lawmakers said.

Confrontation among LDP members in the upper house over personnel appointments to key posts is believed to be behind Hayashi's resignation. He is one of the caucus' two deputy chairpersons.

In late August, Nakasone drew strong opposition from some members when he requested that LDP upper house caucus executives including Kenji Kosaka -- a close friend whom he appointed last year as secretary general for the caucus -- be retained. Nakasone was forced to postpone the final decision and now plans to have Kosaka replaced.
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Date:Sep 26, 2011
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