(Mainichi: February 5, 2016 – p. 5)
The secretaries general of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the Japan Innovation Party (JIP), the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and the People’s Life Party (PLP) held an informal meeting at a Tokyo restaurant on Feb. 4. With an eye on the House of Councillors election in the summer, the five opposition parties agreed on a policy of aiming at fielding unified candidates in “single-seat constituencies,” where only one seat will be contested. Since coordination in the five opposition parties is stalled due to opposition from conservative DPJ members toward the JCP, they have prioritized informal discussions.
In yesterday’s informal meeting, the five secretaries general confirmed that the opposition camp, focusing on the five parties, will face off against the Abe administration. At the proposal of DPJ Secretary General Yukio Edano, the informal meeting was held to congratulate SDP Secretary General Seiji Mataichi on his recovery from illness.
At present, the candidates of opposition parties are competing in many single-seat constituencies, which will be the focus in the Upper House election. Although discussions by the DPJ, JIP, and SDP are making progress, those between the DPJ and JCP have not made headway.