(Asahi: January 8, 2015 – p. 4)
House of Councillors members of the now defunct Your Party and Antonio Inoki, an Upper House member who tendered his resignation to the Party for Future Generations, are now making arrangements to form a new party, Asahi Shimbun learned on Jan. 7. Reportedly, the new party will be called the “Party to Revitalize Japan,” and it will be headed by Upper House member Kota Matsuda.
In addition to Inoki and Matsuda, Taro Yamada, Yoshiyuki Inoue and Kazuyuki Yamaguchi will join the party. The five Upper House members are expected to inform the Upper House Secretariat of the establishment of the party today.
According to informed sources, the new party will point out to the Abe administration what it thinks is right or wrong while advocating the principle of being neither the ruling Liberal Democratic Party nor the major opposition Democratic Party of Japan. Besides upholding the policies of aiming at “small government” and administrative reform that were advocated by the defunct Your Party, the party aims at politics placing priority on dialogue with the public by calling for electing the prime minister by a popular vote, establishing a national referendum law questioning the pros and cons of nuclear power, and other policies.