(Yomiuri: February 4, 2016 – p. 4)
At a meeting of Japan Innovation Party (JIP) members of both the Upper and Lower Houses on Feb. 3, frustration erupted among members toward the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which remains cautious about dissolving to create a new political party [with the JIP].
JIP Lower House member Nobuhiko Isaka said, “I wonder if the DPJ Diet members have the will to change their organization and create a new party. If nothing changes, the plan is doomed.”
JIP Upper House member Takumi Shibata, who faces an election at the Upper House poll this summer, said “It is regrettable that we don’t know at this point how we will approach the Upper House elections. I would like to see them reach a conclusion within a week or so.” He thereby called for the talks between JIP leader Yorihisa Matsuno and DPJ President Katsuya Okada regarding forming a new party to be accelerated.
The JIP wants the DPJ to change its name, but DPJ President Okada seemed opposed to this option during a broadcast satellite program aired on the night of Feb. 3, in which he said, “We are proud to be known as the Democratic Party of Japan. Would our supporters understand if we casually changed our party name?”