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LDP cannot be solely guided by Abe’s views in looking to future

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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Feb. 10 held its first party convention since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected to a third term as party president last autumn.

This is the Year of the Boar in the Chinese 12-animal zodiac, when in Japan both spring unified local elections and a summer Upper House poll are held once every 12 years.

In his address to the party convention, Abe stressed his determination to lead the party to victory in both elections.

But he only made a brief and perfunctory reference to the faulty labor data scandal that has engulfed the labor ministry, which has become the focus of debate in the current regular Diet session. He only made vague promises of a “thorough inspection” into the matter and “all-out efforts to prevent a recurrence.”

In last year’s party convention, Abe apologized for the Finance Ministry’s falsifications of official documents concerning the questionable sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen. But the core question of why the land was sold to the Osaka-based school operator at a deeply discounted price remains........

© The Asahi Shimbun