After Fumio Kishida finished a distant second in the race to succeed Shinzo Abe as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party in September 2020, Makoto Koga, the outgoing honorary chairman of the moderate Kochi-kai faction, had some harsh words for his protege.
“A Kishida administration must be created. But making a Kochi-kai administration is the first thing. If this has become too difficult for Kishida, the second or third candidates are fine,” Koga said.
The above excerpt was originally published in Nikkei Asia.
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