By Kihara Tamiyuki
The policy agreement between the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) and two opposition parties, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) and the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP), has been finalized ahead of the next Lower House election. The DPFP was displeased by the election collaboration between the CDPJ and the Japanese Communist Party in the recent Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election and requested Rengo to remove the CDPJ from the final agreement. In the end, however, the CDPJ agreed to include “coordination/cooperation” with the DPFP at the end of the agreement.
The final version of Rengo’s agreement with the DPFP ends with: “To achieve victory for all candidates who strive to realize (the policies), the DPFP will coordinate/cooperate with the CDPJ, which has the same agreement with Rengo.”
The agreement will be signed by CDPJ leader Edano Yukio and DPFP leader Tamaki Yuichiro at the Rengo Central Committee meeting to be held on July 15. (Abridged)