PROFILE: Lower house speaker Yokomichi has close ties with Ozawa.
TOKYO, Sept. 16 Kyodo
Newly appointed House of Representatives Speaker Takahiro Yokomichi is a 10-term lower house veteran who has close ties with Democratic Party of Japan heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa.
Known as a key mediator among DPJ members who once had links with the Social Democratic Party of Japan, Yokomichi, 68, represents a constituency in Hokkaido where he was governor for 12 years from 1983 after serving five terms in the lower house as a lawmaker of the now-defunct party.
Yokomichi returned to national politics in the 1996 general election and has since retained his Diet seat. He shares common policy goals with DPJ Secretary General Ozawa in a range of areas, including national security issues.
Yokomichi's predecessor as House of Representatives speaker, Yohei Kono, retained the post for the longest period in Japanese political history.
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|Publication:||Japan Policy & Politics|
|Date:||Sep 21, 2009|
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