After loudly proclaiming that he had received enough signatures to force a meeting of LDP Diet members within in the next week, it turns out that Nakagawa Hidenao’s campaign to unseat Asō Tarō is falling victim to the pusillanimity of his “supporters.”
Some of the 133 signatories have claimed that they did not sign in the hope of unseating the prime minister but merely in the hope that it would force Asō to reflect on the party’s defeats in local elections and resolve to work harder in advance of the general election. It seems that members of the Tsushima and Koga factions in particular are looking to remove their signatures from the petition. (Yamamoto Ichita has more on this here.)
What a sorry excuse for a rebellion, and a testament to Nakagawa’s deficiencies as leader of the LDP’s reformist anti-mainstream.