Rui Matsukawa, 52, a member of the House of Councilors of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), known as “Eiffel sister,” has resigned from her position as the director of the LDP’s Women’s Bureau.
She submitted her resignation to the party headquarters on August 21, and it was accepted on August 22. LDP Secretary General Toshimitsu Mogi said
This matter undermines the trust of the public and party members. I will take the criticism seriously and work to restore trust.
He said he would take the criticism seriously and work to regain trust.
In late July, Mr. Matsukawa left for Paris, France, with 38 members of the Women’s Bureau, including Upper House Representative Eriko Imai. Although the trip was ostensibly for “training,” they had a great time, posing in front of the Eiffel Tower. The actual business trip lasted less than six hours, and on the last day of their stay, the schedule included plenty of free time, which was criticized from all quarters as “just sightseeing! and “Sightseeing!
After the uproar, Mr. Matsukawa responded to reporters on August 2, saying, “I don’t think it’s appropriate to send out messages on social media.
I think there were some inappropriate things that were sent out on social networking services, and I regret that I gave many people the wrong impression,” he said.
He also apologized for the many misunderstandings he had caused.
“I believe that we had a meaningful exchange of opinions.
He was making a strong defense of his training in France.
If that is what he says, he should have released the inspection report and policy recommendations as soon as possible, but he has yet to do so. The same can be said of Mr. Imai, a member of the House of Councilors. At this rate, it is no wonder that he is being ridiculed as a ‘tourist'” (source in Nagata-cho).
There is not the slightest hint of integrity in Matsukawa’s resignation as head of the Women’s Bureau. She submitted her resignation on the 21st. On the following day, the 22nd, an executive liaison meeting was scheduled to be held at the LDP headquarters, and members of the Osaka Renewal Headquarters were also summoned to the meeting.
The media was preparing for Matsukawa’s first appearance in front of the cameras in some time. However, he was absent from the board meeting because he had tendered his resignation the day before.
I think she resigned as head of the Women’s Bureau to escape the media. I think she intends to wait for the time to pass without fulfilling her accountability.
Matsukawa is facing three and a half years of criticism from his hometown of Osaka.
On August 7, the Hirakata City branch of the Liberal Democratic Party in Osaka, based on a resolution passed at a regular board meeting, petitioned Secretary-General Mogi to remove Matsukawa as branch chief of the upper house election district. The document reads
《I’m dismayed at the France post,》
I assume that the accumulation of such indiscretions on the part of the executive board of the Osaka Prefectural Federation has resulted in today’s Osaka Prefectural Federation.
The letter was harshly worded.
In the end, he was not ousted, and the emergency meeting was canceled at the last minute.
The secretary-general, Mogi, who had initially defended him, is now changing his mind. It is reported that Mogi also took the lead in the resignation of Matsukawa as head of the women’s bureau. He may also be removed from “key positions” in Osaka.
The LDP in Osaka Prefecture is “not a party that is in charge of the Osaka Prefectural Government,” he pointed out.
The LDP in Osaka Prefecture suffered a heavy defeat in the April local elections due to the “Ishin whirlwind. Unable to field its own candidate in the double election for governor and mayor of Osaka City, the LDP voluntarily supported a candidate backed by a political group opposed to the Restoration Movement. In the run-up to the next lower house election, new branch heads for the prefecture’s eight constituencies were chosen through an open recruitment process.
Matsukawa had planned to switch sides in the next lower house election under Mogi’s influence. But the latest scandal will probably destroy that plan.
He has told people around him that he is being bullied, and in response to a “no-no” phone call from an Osaka assemblyman, he asked, “Have I done anything to cause trouble for you all? He even asked a certain Osaka assemblyman, “Did I do anything to trouble you?
Matsukawa continues to evade the media, but he is not so naive as to be forgiven for this. Eventually, he and Senator Imai will have to be held accountable. ……
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