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Japanese Communist Party now second-largest opposition party in Diet

  • 2015-11-05 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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(Sankei: November 5, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 As a result of the split of the Japan Innovation Party (JIP), the Japanese Communist Party is now the second-largest opposition party in both chambers of the Diet. However, although the JIP was divided into two – the group of members who joined the “Osaka Innovation Party (OIP)” and the group of lawmakers who have remained in the JIP — in the House of Councillors, the JIP has still 40 House of Representatives members. Due to the effect of the party split, which developed into a court battle, the JIP intends to put off notifying the secretariats of the two Diet houses of the change in the number of party members. Both OIP and JIP members will likely attend Diet deliberations starting on Nov. 10.

 

 Of the 11 JIP Upper House members, six joined the OIP and five remained in the JIP. Therefore, the JCP, which has 11 members, has become the second-largest party in the Upper House.

 

 Also in the Lower House, the JCP is the second-largest opposition party, with 21 members, the same number as that of the JIP, for the first time since the Lower House election in 2009.

 

 The JIP has not informed the Lower House of the change in its membership even after it expelled those who joined the new party and the OIP was formed. This is because in the JIP has two leaders – Yorihisa Matsuno and Nobuyuki Baba, who aims to dissolve the JIP.

 

 At budget committee session, question time is allocated to each political party based on the number of its members in principle. At the Lower House Budget Committee session slated for Nov. 10, the JIP will likely be allocated question time based on its 40 members. (Slightly abridged)

 

 Balance of power in the two Diet houses (as of Nov. 4, 2015)

 

Lower House

Party & Parliamentary alliance

Upper House

291

Liberal Democratic Party

113

35

Komeito

20

72

Democratic Party of Japan

58

21

Japanese Communist Party

11

21

Japan Innovation Party

5

13

Osaka Innovation Party

6

2

Social Democratic Party

3

2

People’s Life Party & Taro Yamamoto and Friends

3

0

Assembly to Energize Japan and the Independents

7

0

Party for Future Generations

5

0

New Renaissance Party

2

0

Club of Independents

4

17

Independents

5

1

Vacancies

0

475

Membership

242

 *The number of Japan Innovation Party and Osaka Innovation Party members is an projection following the breakup of the party. Six members, who intend to conduct political activities individually, are included in the Independents. The Lower House speaker and Upper House president are included in the Independents.

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