Speculation grows over Komeito leader staying for another term

Speculation has grown that Natsuo Yamaguchi, whose seventh term as Komeito leader is due to end in September, could serve another term, although the party has been expected to renew its leadership team.

With Komeito’s lackluster performance in the July 10 House of Councilors election having caused a sense of crisis among members of the secular Buddhist group Soka Gakkai, the party’s power base, calls are apparently growing for Yamaguchi, 70-year-old remains in his party post prepares for unified local elections next spring.

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