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Natural disasters alter LDP presidential election campaign schedule

  • September 7, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has decided to refrain from campaigning for its presidential election for three days until Sept. 9 although the official campaign period starts on Sept. 7. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (LDP president), who is vying for a third term, wants to prioritize response to the typhoon and earthquake disasters. The campaign period leading to voting day on Sept. 20 will effectively be shortened, prompting certain party members to complain.

 

Changes in the campaign schedule

 

Sept. 7

Filing of candidacy (from 10:00 a.m.)

Policy speeches by candidates (from 1:00 p.m.) [postponed]

News conference by candidates (from 3:00 p.m.) [postponed]

Sept. 8

Debate organized by Japan National Press Club [postponed]

Street corner speeches (in Ginza, Tokyo) [postponed]*

Sept. 9

Debate organized by the LDP Youth and Women’s Affairs Divisions [postponed]

Sept. 10

Policy speeches by candidates (from 10:00 a.m.)

News conference by candidates (from 11:00 a.m.)

Sept. 11

Abe visits Russia (Sept. 10-13)

Sept. 12

Sept. 13

Sept. 14

Debate organized by Japan National Press Club

Debate organized by the LDP Youth and Women’s Affairs Divisions

Sept. 15

Street corner speeches (in Kyoto, Saga)

Sept. 16

Street corner speeches (in Mie, Hokkaido [original plan])

Venue changed from disaster-hit Hokkaido to Sendai

Sept. 17

 

Sept. 18

 

Sept. 19

Deadline for rank-and-file LDP members to cast votes

Sept. 20

Counting of votes by rank-and-file members

Voting by Diet members (from 1:00 p.m.)

*Coordination underway to reschedule street corner speeches in Tokyo some time after Sept. 14.

 

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