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Statements by party leaders following Lower House dissolution

The following are some of the statements made by leaders and senior members of political parties following the dissolution of the Lower House on Sept. 28.

 

Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party

The election will be a prime opportunity for us to present our policy challenges and win the understanding of the people. Instead of going on the defensive, we will face the election head on. We will win a majority of seats and stay in power.

 

Seiji Maehara, leader of the Democratic Party

The Lower House was dissolved at the opening of the Diet session without debate. I feel extremely angry about this. To overthrow the Abe government, we will build a mechanism in which we pit one opposition candidate against each ruling candidate. We have no time to waste in ironing out our policy differences and consolidating candidates (with the Party of Hope).

 

Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the Komeito Party

In terms of choosing a government, the options are indiscernible. The opposition parties are just playing up their slogans. We will discuss the achievements we have made with the LDP and present a new direction. We will win the public’s trust for Komeito as a credible party that can manage politics.

 

Kazuo Shii, chairman of the Japanese Communist Party

Based on the Constitution, the opposition parties called for convening the extraordinary Diet session to unravel the truth behind the scandals, but no action was taken for three months. The Lower House was dissolved on the day it was convened. The government did this for one reason alone: to cover up the Moritomo and Kake scandals. We will strongly protest against the government for its reckless and unconstitutional behavior.  

 

Ichiro Matsui, leader of Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party)

The Lower House dissolution highlights that a large number of lawmakers are indeed trying desperately to cling to their status. Koike’s firing of a bazooka blew up the DP. This revealed that there are many people in the party who want to hold onto their seats. Unless they do something different, they won’t be able to change the use of taxes in a way that will convince the taxpayers.

 

Yuriko Koike, leader of Party of Hope

It is a mistake to seek the people’s mandate on how to use the revenue from a planned consumption tax hike in 2019 amid the serious North Korea situation. But the Lower House has been dissolved for a snap election. So we will turn this into an opportunity to carry out reforms. I would like to ask people once again whether they are willing to take up the challenge of reform.

 

Ichiro Ozawa, leader of the Liberal Party

The Lower House was dissolved to deflect the criticism that [Prime Minister Abe] is using his power for his own good. The opposition parties must stand united to overthrow the Abe government. It will be productive for the opposition to build a united front under Koike’s leadership.

 

Seiji Mataichi, secretary-general of the Socialist Democratic Party

The Lower House was dissolved for the convenience of Abe, as he would not be able to survive being grilled over the Moritomo and Kake scandals. The DP, which is joining forces with the Party of Hope, must make efforts to honor its agreements (with other opposition parties). It will betray the public if it fails to do so.

 

Masashi Nakano, acting leader of the Party for Japanese Kokoro

The opposition parties other than Ishin have long called for dissolution and ousting Abe. So they should not complain that the Lower House was dissolved for no reason. Rather they should be willing to take up the fight. The public will make a wise judgement.

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