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DPJ lawmaker Eda to retire from politics in summer

Kyodo

Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker and former House of Councillors President Satsuki Eda said Saturday he will retire from politics when his Upper House term ends in summer.

Speaking to reporters in the city of Okayama, the 74-year-old Eda said he does not plan to run in the upcoming election.

Eda was first elected to the Upper House in 1977 and served four terms as a House of Representatives member. He is currently the DPJ’s supreme adviser and serving his fourth term in the Upper House.

He has held several ministerial posts.