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Anti-security laws group SEALDs to disband after Upper House election next summer

  • 2015-10-29 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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(Tokyo Shimbun: October 29, 2015 – p. 1)

 

 Four members of the anti-security legislation student group SEALDs (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s) held a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo on Oct. 28. They indicated that the group will offer its support “if the opposition parties come up with common candidates in the House of Councillors election next summer,” urging the opposition to engage in election cooperation. They also announced that the group will disband after this election.

 

 A leading member of the group, Takeshi Suwahara, 22, a graduate student at Tsukuba University, emphasized: “If the opposition does not win in this election, the Liberal Democratic Party will contemplate revising the Constitution. We have to think about a coalition government by the opposition parties in order to restore security legislation to what it was.”

 

 If the opposition comes up with common candidates, SEALDs will make speeches for them on the street and at campaign meetings. It will promote awareness of the opposition united front through loudspeaker vans and symposiums and work to increase voter turnout.

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