Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara and his son Nobuteru Ishihara, secretary-general of the largest opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), have become embroiled in a public row over plans to create a new party to be led by the elder Ishihara.
In a television interview earlier this month, Nobuteru said, "He's being merely used as a pawn, and as his son, I don't like it."
His outspoken father, who also made headlines last week when he agreed with the mayor of Nagoya's statement that the 1937 "rape" of Nanjing by Japanese troops in 1937 never happened, was quoted by media as insisting that he wasn't being used and that his son shouldn't be making such remarks as the secretary-general of a political party, Jiji Press reported.
Nobuteru also criticized his father by saying, "He never served as LDP secretary-general. I guess he didn't realize how difficult it is to run a large organization until after he became governor of Tokyo," according to a Fuji TV report.
The elder Ishihara said on Feb 3 that he is eager to join a new political party with Shizuka Kamei, who leads the People’s New Party, the junior coalition partner of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, and Takeo Hiranuma, head of the opposition Sunrise Party.
The party will be the New Sunrise Party. Ishihara, 79, said he has done all he can for Tokyo and he now wants to help the New Sunrise Party to improve Japan for future generations.
The New Sunrise Party is expected to draw support from disgruntled members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and opposition parties.
The group is also believed to have contacted Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Aichi Gov Hideaki Omura.© Japan Today