It was revealed on Aug. 22 that the Federation of Electric Power Related Industry Workers Unions of Japan (Denryoku Soren) will not support the new party to be created by the merger of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) and Democratic Party of the People (DPFP). Many labor unions of power companies are members of Denryoku Soren, which is affiliated with the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo. Denryoku Soren cites the new party’s nuclear policy as a reason for non-support. The six industry-based labor unions including Denryoku Soren have confirmed that they will act in concert with regard to support for the new party. The labor unions’ actions may influence decisions to join the new party by Diet members with labor-union backing.
The draft platform of the new party states that they will work to “realize a zero-nuclear society that is not dependent on nuclear energy.” (Abridged)