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Hashimoto, Ishihara to stay on as Japan Restoration Party leaders

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Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and former Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara have decided to stay on as co-leaders of the Nippon Ishin No Kai (Japan Restoration Party), despite its heavy defeat in Sunday's Tokyo metropolitan assembly election.

Hashimoto had suggested last week that he would step down as co-leader of the party if it fared badly in the election. The Japan Restoration Party won just two seats, which Hashimoto acknowledged was due to the storm over his remarks on Japan’s wartime military brothels.

However, he told reporters Monday that now was not the time to quit and that he wanted to focus his efforts on the crucial July 21 upper house election. "I take responsibility for the results in the Tokyo election, but I am asking the public to give us a mandate in the upper house election. We cannot let the LDP take control of both houses of the Diet," he said at a news conference, TBS reported.

In the days preceding Sunday's election, Hashimoto stayed largely out of view. On election day, he was in Okinawa attending a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa.

Meanwhile, Ishihara, 80, apologized to supporters for his lack of campaigning. He told reporters in Tokyo that he couldn't get around as much anymore because of his age, TBS reported. "What we now have to do is regroup and fight in the next election," he said.

Meanwhile, Banri Kaieda, head of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) also said he will stay on, despite the fact his party now only has 15 seats, making it No. 4 in metropolitan assembly after the LDP, New Komeito and Japanese Communist Party.

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Awwwwww, shucks. I was kinda hoping Hashimoto would take a hint from the voters, that they have determined beyond any doubt he is a ludicrous buffoon, and resign.

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As I said.....like a bad rash....

anyone surprised really?

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We cannot let the LDP take control of both houses of the Diet

this will probably be the first and last time i ever agree with hashi-no more-moto.

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Japanese are known to rather to commit suicide rather than losing their face......................., I am now confuse if Hashimoto really is Japanese.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Suckers....did you really believe that Hashimoto was planning to step down?

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Yeah, as I said, all that crap about him resigning if the restoration party failed was just media grabbing BS! However, their loss does show the voters showing some common sense and not voting these imperialistic fools into power.

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“I take responsibility for the results in the Tokyo election,

Bold face lie. Dude is a narcissist and only cares about the spotlight, being on him.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Weak, just make yourself look more stupid with your flip flopping.

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Hashimoto made a kind offer to the electorate of Tokyo to resign if they didn't vote for his candidates. The aforementioned electorate returned the compliment by not voting for his candidates, and so the obvious and honest thing to do would be to... Oh. We must have tripped up over the word 'honest'.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Another of his famous flip flops with more to come.......

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Time for a makeover Hashimoto-san. Follow 3 simple steps for instant redemption. Step #1 Talk about Senkaku and how China plans to take over Japan. Step #2 bash China. Step #3 Talk about your love for Japan and cry in from of cameras.

Wala...politicians do have 9 lives.

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No? Really? Even after he said he'd quit if they got annihilated in the election? How terribly, terribly typical of this clown!

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Typical politician....what he says and what he does is completely different. If he didn't get 1 seat in the next 24 elections he still wouldn't go away.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Sink with your ship....it is rightly so.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Called this one when he said he might quit... not that anyone actually believed he would anyway, but still. The rats won't even leave the sinking ship, and it's the usual excuse, "To leave now would further damage the party's reputation". Hate to break it to you, boys, but the party's reputation was destroyed by YOU and can hardly stand the further damage it WILL suffer while you remain at the helm. So quit already and form the new party again tomorrow.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Oh crap.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

This is great news!!! This means that their party will be non-existent in about 3 months.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Well, let's think about this a minute. If he had quit what would have that meant for Ishin-no-kai? Would they get more support?

On a positive note here, we get one more month of comedy, and we also will know that the electorate are not going to vote for Ishin, so maybe there is a silver lining to the cloud.

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He should re-name it "Atarashi Nippon Ishin No Kai" and he will sweep the boards at the next election.

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I'm more concerned with the showing of the DPJ. The only party which has posed a threat to the LDP has collapsed spectacularly. Relegated to fourth place behind the Soka Gakkai zombies and the Communists. Truly depressing.

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two leaders two seats no followers !

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Seriously, did Hashimoto sleep through all his How To Lie As A Politician classes. Cause really sucks at it.

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in for more pandering and shenanigans

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Hashimoto had suggested last week that he would step down as co-leader of the party if it fared badly in the election. However, he told reporters Monday that now was not the time to quit

It's a just a peachy time to lie, apparently.

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Jimizo

I'm more concerned with the showing of the DPJ.

Indeed. DPJ lost the Upper House election in 2010 because they said they would increase the consumption tax. They lost Lower House election in December 2012 because they passed the bill to increase consumption tax. They will lose the coming Upper House election in July, because they say they will increase consumption tax in April 2014.

The people who voted for DPJ at the Lower House election in 2009 were people against consumption tax. I really do not understand why DPJ loves consumption tax so much. LDP on the other hand is quite ambiguous on the consumption tax increase. A lot of people in LDP say Abe should postpone the tax increase and as many in the same party say he should not postpone the tax increase. Abe keeps saying he will decide in October after watching the economic situations then.

Why DPJ should bother budget balance, when Japan can print as much money as it wants and it can borrow as much money as it wants from Bank of Japan, free of interest and as long as it wants. Loans and deposits are zero sum game. The net debt of the public sector is always the same as the net deposit of the private sector. When the net debt of the public sector is brought down to zero, the net deposit of the private sector will also be zero. What a wonderful world.

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Seriously, did Hashimoto sleep through all his How To Lie As A Politician classes. Cause really sucks at it.

He's the "teacher" and that's the problem. (He runs his own politicians cram school (juku) for people who want to be politicians like him!)

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Good stuff. Junk party, and that will be apparent to all and sundry on a continual basis with these two fools leading it.

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Oh the shock of Hashimoto saying something and then changing his mind... Pro nuclear, anti-nuclear, pro nuclear... Pro rape, anti... of wait, nope, he didn't come out against that one, did he?

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What a relief! He's worth his weight in gold for sheer entertainment value alone. And how would we sad, bored JT commenters fill our empty hours if he left? Come on, Hashi, think of something new: how about helping to get the Olympics for Tokyo? Your eloquism, charm and charisma could just swing it!

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Wow. What a surprise!! NOT.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Hitler was in prison when he dictated his book to a bigger loony then himself. Times change but the loons remain.

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Mayor Hashimoto did the brave thing in not quitting, after all only the Japan Restoration Party is capable of bringing meaningful change!

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I think there is an underlying reason for the party's failure. He openly stated he would quit if the party faired poorly in the election. Maybe, everybody is sick of this fool and his 'foot-in-mouth' disease and nobody voted for him hoping he would quit. I guess you can't say that Japanese politics isn't entertaining. If it wasn't so serious it would be hilarious!

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Actually, upon thinking about it, I hope the both of them never quit. I also hope it means fewer and fewer votes each time their party runs.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

It's just a flesh wound!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Yet ANOTHER flip flop from the idiot in Osaka. Just can't believe a word he says. No honour, no dignity, no integrity. No thanks.

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I thought Hashimoto said he would go? Guess you can't trust politicians. There's a surprise, eh?

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those two deserve each other. we don't.

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Hashika said: "I take responsibility for the results in the Tokyo election", but he won't resign and plans to carry on as before.

He doesn't seem to do much work as Osaka governor. That must be one of the few jobs in Japan where the incumbent isn't perpetually "busy". Perhaps he should be fired for absenteeism?

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He doesn't seem to do much work as Osaka governor.

He's the mayor of Osaka, former governor. His puppet is now the governor.

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Well this shows that the Japanese democracy is in good shape and will respond to extremes as any western democracy would. Good work Nippon guys. You have just proved many scared foreigners wrong.

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"It's just a flesh wound"

Har!

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Mayor Hashimoto did the brave thing in not quitting, after all only the Japan Restoration Party is capable of bringing meaningful change!

And tell me, what meaningful changes are they proposing? All I've seen is a whole lot of saber-rattling at China and historical revisionist BS.

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