"Rather than friendship, let's think about the party. At any rate, let's think about winning elections." *
Former Prime Minister Koizumi Jun'ichirō to vising LDP Secretary-General Ibuki Bunmei, alluding to any plans Ibuki might have on following through with former LDP Secretary-General Aso Tarō's proposal to readmit postal exile Hiranuma Takeo without conditions.
* "Rather than out of friendship's sake for the party's sake" (Yūjō yori tō no tame ni). Nihon Keizai Shimbun, September 27, 2007 morning edition.