Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) leader Yukio Edano gave a speech in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, on June 25. He showed a negative view about his leading a realignment of political parties, saying, “As long as I represent the party, there won’t be any organizational mergers by coordinating policies with other parties.”
Looking back on the mergers he has experienced as a member of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and Democratic Party (DP), both of which are now defunct, Edano said a merger comes with negative effects. Specifically, he said, “one party, even though it’s overwhelmingly large, will always save the face of the other party,” noting that their merger will lead to ambiguous policies and result in losing public support.
Edano also touched on a change of administration, saying: “There’s no need for a single-party government. We have to have a certain number of seats enough for the CDPJ to take the initiative. But it doesn’t necessary mean that our party solely needs to win a majority.” He added, “We’ll seek to achieve that through elections in the near future.”