Political rebel and leader of the controversial NHK Kara Kokumin o Mamoru To (Party to Protect the People from NHK) Takashi Tachibana announced Tuesday that he plans to step down as an Upper House lawmaker — for now.

Tachibana said he plans to run in a by-election for an Upper House seat in Saitama Prefecture, with the official campaign period starting Thursday. The voting day is Oct. 27.

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