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INTERVIEW: DPFP aims to revive tension in politics via election

Tokyo, Oct. 21 (Jiji Press)–The opposition Democratic Party for the People hopes to “restore the tension in politics stemming from a close rivalry between ruling and opposition parties,” through the Oct. 31 general election, DPFP leader Yuichiro Tamaki said in a recent interview with Jiji Press.


The most important thing in the coming election is to break with the politics of not answering questions and falsifying public records, Tamaki said, criticizing the administrations of former prime ministers Shinzo Abe and Yoshihide Suga of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.


The upcoming election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, “has significance in summing up the Abe-Suga administrations, which lasted some nine years,” Tamaki said.


Although the administrations tried various policy measures, such as the Abenomics reflationary policy mix launched by Abe, real wages in Japan have continued to decline, Tamaki said.


He said that the election asks voters to choose between the administration of new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who plans to repeat the same things as his two immediate predecessors, and the DPFP’s proposal for an economic recovery package.


Although Kishida vowed to implement an income-doubling economic policy in his campaign pledges for the LDP’s presidential election last month, the policy was not included in his first polity speech before the Diet as prime minister earlier this month.


Another key issue in the general election is a shift in economic policy, Tamaki said.


“Any repeat of the policies pursued by the Abe and Suga administrations will not prevent the economy from declining further,” he said.


As a key policy measure in the DPFP’s manifesto for the general election, Tamaki highlighted a 50-trillion-yen economic stimulus package aimed at reviving an economy hurt by the novel coronavirus pandemic.


He said his party wants to implement programs to hand out 100,000 yen in cash to all citizens and assist companies across industry sectors depending on business size.


The DPFP also aims to invest 50 trillion yen in such new fields as the digital and environment sectors, as well as the same amount in human resources development, including education, in 10 years, he said.


“With aggressive fiscal expenditures totaling 150 trillion yen, we want to restore Japan with wage growth,” Tamaki said.


As a target for the Lower House election, Tamaki said he wants all DPFP candidates to win seats in order for the party to become a political force that is able to implement more promptly the policy measures that are necessary for the people.


Another goal is to force the ruling camp of the LDP and Komeito to lose its combined majority in the Lower House, he said.


In the election, the DPFP has agreed with the leading opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan to work together to support candidates recommended by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo, the umbrella body of labor unions across the country, he said.


After the election, the DPFP aims to boost efforts to realize policies included in its agreement concluded with the CDP through Rengo, he also said.

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