MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) The Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday asked popular Miyazaki Gov. Hideo Higashikokubaru to run in the upcoming House of Representatives election, but the beleaguered ruling party failed to get the nod and instead received a bold counteroffer.

Higashikokubaru told LDP Election Strategy Council Chairman Makoto Koga, who conveyed the offer to the comedian-turned-politician at the Miyazaki Prefectural Government office, that he would only run on the LDP ticket if the party decides to list him as a candidate for party president, both men told reporters after their meeting.

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