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Koizumi to resign as LDP chief deputy secretary-general

Shinjiro Koizumi (Mainich)

TOKYO -- Shinjiro Koizumi, the immensely popular son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, is likely to step down as chief deputy secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), according to senior party officials.

Koizumi, 37, voted for former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, who unsuccessfully vied for the party leadership against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 20. Abe reshuffled senior party and Cabinet posts on Oct. 2, and Koizumi sought an appointment as director of the party's Health, Labor and Welfare Division. Observers believe his likely resignation from the chief deputy secretary-general post reflects Koizumi's intention to distance himself from the party leadership.

A senior party official explained, "He said he wanted to handle policy matters in his next post."

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