Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto continues to fuel speculation that his political career will not end in November and that he might end up as an outside adviser to, or even a non-elected member of, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet by the end of the year.

Hashimoto will not seek re-election in a Nov. 22 double election for mayor and governor, but on Twitter on Tuesday he said he had never made any public pledges to the Japanese people about life after he leaves office.

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