Koriki Jojima, new chief of the Democratic Party of Japan’s Diet Affairs Committee, is expected to use his experience coordinating policy both inside and outside the ruling party to steer legislative debate on contentious issues.
The DPJ hopes Jojima, 65, can use his ties with New Komeito to effectively steer Diet proceedings. Jojima worked with New Komeito during his time in the now-defunct Shinshinto (New Frontier Party).
Jojima has held such key DPJ posts as deputy secretary general and deputy chairman of the Policy Research Committee. He worked for food maker Ajinomoto Co. for 25 years before his election to the Lower House 1996.