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Reiwa Shinsengumi leader Taro Yamamoto to lose seat

Taro Yamamoto

TOKYO -- Actor-legislator Taro Yamamoto, who leads the political group Reiwa Shinsengumi, is set to lose his seat in the House of Councillors in the July 21 poll.

Yamamoto, 44, placed two severely disabled candidates in "special quota," or seats given top priority on a party or group's list of proportional representation bloc candidates in upper house elections. He placed himself effectively third on that roster of Reiwa Shinsengumi candidates.

After being first elected to the upper house in the 2013 election from the Tokyo constituency, Yamamoto served as co-leader of the People's Life Party & Taro Yamamoto and Friends, with Ichiro Ozawa, who is now a heavyweight in the opposition Democratic Party for the People. He set up Reiwa Shinsengumi in April this year and ran through the proportional representation system this time.


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