As of Oct. 4, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) will field a total of 46 candidates in the upcoming general election, a Yomiuri Shimbun survey shows. The number could exceed 50 in the end, as former Democratic Party members whose applications for the Party of Hope are turned down are expected to join the ranks.
The CDPJ will field candidates for single-seat constituencies in a total of ten prefectures. The largest number of candidates will be fielded in Tokyo at 16, followed by Hokkaido and Osaka at seven each.
CDPJ Acting Representative Akira Nagatsuma (Tokyo No. 7), who will run in a single-seat constituency in Tokyo, indicated at a press conference on Oct. 4 that the party will coordinate with the Japanese Communist Party and other opposition parties in fielding candidates. “The opposition parties who agree on policies will join hands and divide up their candidates [to avoid duplication],” he said.
In Tokyo, former Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaienda will run in the Tokyo No. 1 district, while former Prime Minister Naoto Kan will run in the Tokyo No. 18 district.
In Hokkaido, one of the DP’s strongholds, former Minister for National Strategy Satoshi Arai (Hokkaido No. 3) is planning to run. In Osaka, where the Party of Hope decided not to field any candidates based on its agreement with the Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), some DP members, who had been looking to run on the Party of Hope ticket, have switched to the CDPJ. (Abridged)