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Komeito, the junior partner of the LDP-led coalition government that was ousted from power in the Aug. 30 Lower House election, has chosen policy chief Mr. Natsuo Yamaguchi as its new leader and election campaign chief Mr. Yoshihisa Inoue as secretary general.

The new leadership has its work cut out. The party emerged from the election with 10 fewer seats in the Lower House, leaving it with just 21. All eight of its candidates in single-seat constituencies, including party leader Akihiro Ota and secretary general Kazuo Kitagawa, failed to win. To reconstruct the party, it is essential for the new party leaders to review Komeito’s performance in the coalition and draw the right lessons.

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