Ryotaro Tanose, new chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council, says good policies can only come from heated discussions among lawmakers, adding he will work to promote precisely such an environment.

Tanose, a former senior vice finance minister, said during a recent group interview that while he intends to shrink the number of General Council members from 31 to 25 — a necessary procedure considering the drastic decrease in the number of LDP lawmakers following the landslide defeat in the general election — he would strive to attract lawmakers from various fields to garner a wide range of opinions.

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