• Short Summary

    Japan's ruling liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was on Monday (28 June) assured of a continuing majority in the Upper House of Parliament as counting continued following Sunday's election.

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    Japan's ruling liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was on Monday (28 June) assured of a continuing majority in the Upper House of Parliament as counting continued following Sunday's election.

    With 105 of the 126 results declared, the LDP had 57 seats, and the party was contesting only 64 out of its current strength of 136. The party seemed likely to increase its strength in the Upper House to more than 150.

    This coverage shows voting in Tokyo Prime Minister Sato, who is President of the LDP, and Democratic Socialist Party Secretary-General Mr Sasaki.

    The LDP members of the Upper House and Lower Houses are at present eligible to elect a Party President who automatically becomes Prime Minister, and past experience shows that the key to success in LDP Presidential elections is held by party members of the Upper House.

    If Mr Sato decides not to remain in office, prospective successors are likely to include Finance Minister Takeo Fukuda, aged 66, Party Secretary-General Kakuei Tanaka, aged 53, former Foreign Minister Takeo Miki, aged 64, former Foreign Minister Masayushi Ohira, aged 61, and Defence Agency Director Yasuhiro Nakasone. aged 53.

    Seventy-year-old Prime Minister Sato may indicate his choice of successor in a re-shuffle of the cabinet and party executives early in July. He has been Prime Minister since 1964, and a review of his present position was given in our production no. 7062/71, serviced on 23 June.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3VM6VG3RWS960CKM4ZSQBCFJR
    Media URN:
    VLVA3VM6VG3RWS960CKM4ZSQBCFJR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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