Tokyo, April 1 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party will receive a record 17,894 million yen in state subsidies in 2019, up 2.3 pct from the previous year, the internal affairs ministry said Monday.
The subsidies to the party, decided in accordance with the political party subsidies law, will be largest since the current subsidy system started in 1995.
Subsidies for all eligible political parties will total 31,773 million yen.
The amount to be granted to the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan will jump 16.9 pct to 3,230 million yen, while those to the Democratic Party for the People will drop 3.0 pct to 5,406 million yen.
The ministry sets the amounts of subsidies to political parties based on the numbers of their lawmakers as of Jan. 1 and votes won in the last House of Representatives election and the last two House of Councillors elections.
This year’s subsidies, which are distributed quarterly, will be recalculated based on the results of the upcoming Upper House election in summer.
The Japanese Communist Party did not apply for the subsidies as it opposes to the subsidy system.
Subsidies for this year will stand at 3,005 million yen for Komeito, the LDP’s partner in the ruling coalition, 1,357 million yen for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) and 275 million yen for the Liberal Party.
The Party of Hope and the Social Democratic Party will receive 219 million yen and 384 million yen, respectively.