LDP’s Machimura leaves hospital

Kyodo

Former Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura was discharged from a hospital Thursday after falling ill in September while running in the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership race.

“I am finally back on the street,” Machimura said at a meeting of his intraparty faction, vowing to tackle the many tasks ahead after the LDP scored a landslide win in the Dec. 16 general election.

The number of lawmakers in his faction almost doubled to around 80 from 43 following the Lower House poll, but Machimura told its members to be modest about the party’s victory and to perform their jobs earnestly.

Machimura said that as he is “not necessarily in top form,” Hiroyuki Hosoda, the LDP’s executive acting secretary general, will take care of the faction’s overall operations for the time being.