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Senior party officials discuss upcoming general election

  • September 24, 2017
  • , NHK
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During NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron” Sunday debate show, senior lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties discussed Prime Minister Abe’s plan to dissolve the Lower House for a snap general election on Oct. 22. LDP Deputy Secretary General Hagiuda stated that through the election, the ruling coalition plans to seek the approval of the Japanese public for the Abe administration’s policies and achievements in the past four-and-half years. He added that whether the LDP and the Komeito party are able to secure a majority together will be the indicator of whether the LDP has won the election. Komeito Deputy Secretary General Saito said that the ruling coalition will ask the public to choose between a stable government and an unstable coalition of opposition parties. Democratic Party Secretary General Oshima insisted that Abe should be held accountable for his alleged involvement in the Moritomo and Kake scandals. The secretaries general of the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party criticized Abe’s plan to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election by saying that the premier is “disregarding democracy.”

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