(Nikkei: February 1, 2016 – p. 2)
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Katsuya Okada and Japan Innovation Party (JIP) leader Yorihisa Matsuno made separate speeches on the streets on Jan. 31 to campaign for the House of Councillors election this summer. They both professed their determination to merge the two parties.
Okada spoke in front of the Kinshicho Station in Tokyo, where he pointed out that “the opposition’s division has allowed the ruling parties to enjoy an overwhelming majority,” arguing for the need to unite the opposition forces. He also stressed his intent to “put an end to the Abe administration’s recklessness.”
Matsuno asked voters in Aomori City to “give victory to the opposition forces in the Upper House election,” appealing for support.