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Japan ruling party politician Nobuteru Ishihara infected with coronavirus

Former Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Nobuteru Ishihara prepares to take part in a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council in this file photo taken on June 30, 2020. (Mainichi/Kan Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- Japanese politician Nobuteru Ishihara, former secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has been infected with the coronavirus, his office announced on Jan. 22.

    Ishihara, a former minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, and former environment minister, heads the 11-member Ishihara faction in the LDP. It is the first time the infection of a faction leader with the coronavirus has come to light.

    (Japanese original by Itsuo Tokubo, Political News Department)

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