Seiji Maehara, leader of the opposition Democratic Party (DP), expressed his intention to step down on Oct. 30 to take responsibility for the party's poor performance in the Oct. 22 House of Representatives election.
At a meeting of executives from the party's prefectural chapters held at the DP headquarters on Oct. 30, Maehara apologized for the party's approach before and during campaigning for the lower house election, where he initially proposed a merger with the Party of Hope headed by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike. He then stated, "My final job is to hand things over to a new leadership in response to criticism."
His statement indicated that he would resign at a general meeting of members of the party in both houses of the Diet on the evening of Oct. 30.
The DP will move to elect a new leader following Maehara's departure from his post.