LDP set to propose Yamazaki as new upper house president

The Liberal Democratic Party is planning to propose senior member Masaaki Yamazaki for the presidency of the House of Councillors after the ruling party won Sunday's upper house election, party lawmakers said Wednesday.

Yamazaki, 71, currently vice president of the chamber, is known to be close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who heads the LDP. He would replace Kenji Hirata of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan as president if approved by parliament during an extraordinary session possibly starting Aug. 2.

The ruling coalition of the LDP and the New Komeito party won a majority in the house in the election, with the LDP replacing the DPJ as the biggest party in the chamber.

Yamazaki, an upper house member elected from Fukui Prefecture, belongs to the same faction as Abe within the LDP.