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LDP announces campaign platform for general election 

  • October 13, 2021
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All national dailies reported on the LDP’s announcement on Tuesday of its campaign platform for the general election slated for Oct. 31, including a pledge to focus on economic growth and redistribution of wealth. The platform also contains measures against COVID-19 including the facilitation of vaccination and provision of financial aid to people hit hardest by the pandemic. Another plank in the platform focuses on strengthening economic security. Positing the U.S.-Japan alliance as the base of its foreign policy, the party will strengthen ties with countries and organizations that share common values to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific and welcome Taiwan’s bid to join the TPP. Another plank pledges further efforts to resolve the abductions and urges North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. On the security front, the party will develop a new national security strategy by updating the National Defense Program Guidelines and the Mid-Term Defense Program to enhance Japan’s defense capabilities with an increase in defense spending up to 2% of GDP in mind. The party will also promote discussions on amending the Constitution, including a reference to the Self-Defense Forces and other issues. 

 

The papers wrote that the campaign platform includes ideas expressed by Prime Minister Kishida’s rivals in the LDP presidential election, especially those of LDP Policy Research Council Chairperson Takaichi. Kono Taro’s idea to promote digitalization of government administration and Noda Seiko’s focus on childcare were also reflected in the platform, but Kishida’s own ideas to double incomes in the Reiwa Era and to raise the capital gains tax were not cited. According to Mainichi and Sankei, the LDP decided on Tuesday to appoint Takaichi as the head of its headquarters on economic security, which was previously called the Strategic Headquarters on the Creation of a New International Order.  

 

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