Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone was reconfirmed as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on October 28 after unexpectedly tough infighting.
1. SV & CUs Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and Liberal Democratic Party leaders in meeting (4 shots) 0.11
2. SVs Leaders including Nakasone shake hands across table (2 shots) 0.33
3. SV Nakasone's name being handed to party elections chairman 0.45
4. SV PAN Nakasone and officials walking to LDP meeting 0.53
5. GV & CU Nakasone and leaders seated in meeting (2 shots) 0.59
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Background: TOKYO, JAPAN
Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone was reconfirmed as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on October 28 after unexpectedly tough infighting. Leaders of the five main factions in the party closed ranks after two days of tussles and assured his reselection as party President. The agreement guarantees Nakasone will remain Prime Minister for a further two years. Political sources in Tokyo said he was preparing to reshuffle his cabinet. When the party met on October 28, it emerged there was a plan to replace Nakasone with Susumu Nikaido, the LDP vice-president and right-hand man of disgraced former premier Kakuei Tanaka. But Nikaido apparently refused to stand, and even denounced the influence still wielded by the former Prime Minister. The leaders of the factions then shook hands as they agreed to back Nakasone. When officials handed the election chairman the list of presidency candidates, Nakasone's was the only name to appear on the document. Nakasone, who attended a further party meeting on October 29, told reporters he would do his best to forge unity and harmony within the LDP.
Source: NHK/CHANNEL 12 TOKYO