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Rengo criticizes Party of Hope’s screening of candidates from DP

  • October 5, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Rengo (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) kicked off its 15th Biennial Convention in Tokyo on Oct. 4. During a speech, President Rikio Kozu indicated a degree of approval to the merger of the Democratic Party (DP), which the labor union has been supporting, with the Party of Hope, saying, “The merger is aimed at putting an end to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s sole dominance of the political scene, and it was a decision that required the resolve to sacrifice the party.” But Kozu said, “It’s extremely regrettable” that Party of Hope leader Yuriko Koike is screening candidates.

 

He also said that Rengo will forgo supporting a specific political party but back individual candidates formerly of the DP running in the Lower House election (official campaigning for the race will start on Oct. 10 and voting will take place on Oct. 22). As for future relations with political parties, Kozu said, “We’ll promptly discuss the issue after the Lower House election.” The biennial convention will be held until Oct. 5.

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