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(From International Herald Tribune (Herald Asahi))
This is because Taku Yamasaki and other `losers' plan to run. The Asahi Shimbun Taku Yamasaki, unceremoniously defeated in November's Lower House election while holding the mainly ceremonial post of vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, is again causing problems for the ruling party
Yamasaki is planning his political comeback by contesting next year's Upper House election to erase the sting of defeat Nov. 9 when voters cast ballots for the lower chamber
Shortly after reports of Yamasaki's plans surfaced, a senior member of the LDP's Mori faction called Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to confirm the …