Speaker Nobutaka Machimura announced April 20 he will after recently suffering a light and will be hospitalized for a complete checkup.
Speaking at a news conference afterhis resignation to Vice Speaker Tatsuo Kawabata, Machimura, 70, said he did not want his illness "negatively affecting the job of speaker."
Former LDP Vice President Tadamori Oshima, 68, has been named to replace Machimura. (Kyodo)
The Japan Times ST: May 1, 2015