Shiga Gov Yukiko Kada said on Friday she was stepping down as leader of the anti-nuclear Nippon Mirai no To (Tomorrow Party of Japan) after the party's failure in the Dec 16 election.
Kada's announcement had been expected after a rift with former party member Ichiro Ozawa became public last week.
Kada has also been criticized by the Shiga prefectural assembly for neglecting her duties as governor to dabble in national politics. Kada told a press conference on Friday that she would devote her energies to her job as governor, TBS reported.
The Tomorrow Party, founded by Kada in late November, absorbed Ozawa's People's Life First party, and ran on an anti-nuclear platform. Fifteen of the party's 17 Diet members came from People's Life First, including veteran upper house member Shizuka Kamei.
Kamei was the first to quit after the election, telling reporters that he saw no future for him in the party. Kada then fell out with Ozawa over her decision to appoint Lower House member Tomoko Abe as co-head of the Tomorrow Party instead of Ozawa.
Abe is now the only Diet member in the party. Ozawa and the other Diet members have already formed a new party, named Seikatsu no To (Lifestyle Party).© Japan Today