The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) and the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP) are at odds over their “memorandum” of cooperation in the next Lower House election. Some DPFP members oppose the memorandum, saying it puts the CDPF in an advantageous position. Although the Lower House election is drawing closer, the relationship between the two parties remains strained.
The memorandum was signed on July 16 by the CDPJ’s Hirano Hirofumi and the DPFP’s Kishimoto Shuhei, both of whom are election strategy committee chairs of their respective parties. The memorandum comprises four items, including an item mandating that in case a single-seat constituency district already has either an incumbent of the CDPJ or DPFP, or a candidate officially nominated by either party, the other party shall not back its own candidate.
There is opposition in the DPFP to one item: “In a single-constituency district, the parties should, in principle, campaign to elect to proportionally elected seats candidates from the party of the single-seat candidate.” As of July 21, the CDPJ is backing 210 candidates in single-seat constituencies, while the DPFP is backing only 10% of the CDPJ’s figure, or 21 candidates. Some in the DPFP say that “it will be difficult [for the DPFP] to gain seats because the DPFP will not be able to campaign for proportionally elected seats in many districts.” (Abridged)