The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), Democratic Party of the People (DPFP), and the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) are planning to jointly back former Tokyo Metropolitan Assemblyman Ken Tanaka to the by-election for the House of Representatives seat in Shizuoka 4th District (announced April 14, voting on April 26), following the death of former Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, according to numerous sources.
The CDPJ passed up nominating its own candidate for this by-election, while the JCP had decided to nominate former House of Representatives lawmaker Yukihiro Shimazu. Tanaka ran for the Shizuoka 4th District seat from the Party of Hope, a precursor to the DPFP, in 2017. The DPFP, who is backing Tanaka, called on the CDPJ and JCP for cooperation.
In this by-election, former Shizuoka prefectural assemblyman Yoichi Fukazawa plans to run from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), with an endorsement from the Komeito. If the opposition parties can unite under one candidate, the election will become a two-man race.