Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to meet with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Osaka Gov Ichiro Matsui in Osaka on Friday. Hashimoto is founder of the Nippon Ishin No Kai (Japan Restoration Party), which finished third in the Dec 16 lower house elections, while Matsui is secretary-general.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Wednesday that Abe is looking for Hashimoto’s support for a speedy enactment of supplementary budget for fiscal 2012, Fuji TV reported.
During the election campaign, both Hashimoto and Abe said it would be difficult to work together as they differed on key policy issues. After the LDP took power on Dec 26, Hashimoto said the Japan Restoration Party was willing to explore alliances with smaller opposition parties to prevent the LDP and its partner, the New Kometo Party, from taking control of the upper house in next summer’s election. Hashimoto has advocated abolishing the upper house.
Abe and Hashimoto do agree on some issues, one of which is revising the Constitution to scrap the war-renouncing Article 9.