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  • September 16, 2020
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All national dailies reported on the official launch of the new Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) yesterday, saying President Edano will lead the 150-member largest opposition party in its bid to counter the Suga administration. On the same day, 15 other Diet members separately formed a new opposition party named the Democratic Party for the People, which is led by former DPFP chief representative Tamaki. While Edano has emphasized that the revamped CDPJ will present the voters with a “viable alternative” to the ruling coalition of the LDP and the Komeito party, Asahi said the fact that he was unable to enlist Tamaki and his 14 followers, who used to belong to the Democratic Party of Japan, demonstrates the paramount difficulties in unseating the ruling bloc in the next general election that may take place as early as next month.  

 

Asahi noted that pressure is building within the LDP on Suga to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election quickly in view of the high public support for the ruling party and the departing Abe administration. Deputy Prime Minister Aso told the press yesterday that Suga should think about holding an election sooner rather than later given that the Tokyo Olympics will be held next year. The daily added, however, that the LDP’s junior partner Komeito is hesitant about holding a snap election this year because the members of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist movement who constitute its election machine have been inactive lately due to the coronavirus outbreak.  

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