Kaisei Mayor Tsuyuki & Others Making Waves

Kaisei Mayor Tsuyuki & Others Making Waves (from the Japan Times)


Staff writer

About two months before the Aug. 30 election, a small group of political leaders made big news by forming a new group. Though it consists of only half a dozen politicians at the local level, Shucho Rengo (the Local Leaders Federation) grabbed headlines nationwide and created concern among senior Diet members and bureaucrats in Tokyo.

That’s because the group mostly consists of young, dynamic political leaders who are sometimes fiery populists with strong individual personalities.

Each member has a reputation for being a reformist or shaking things up at the local level, and in general enjoys popularity ratings that senior politicians in both the ruling and opposition parties envy. Following are some basic facts about the federation:

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