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Soka Gakkai announces it will back candidates based on character not Komeito affiliation

  • January 28, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation
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On Jan. 27, Soka Gakkai, Komeito’s support base, announced that it will back election candidates based on their character not their party affiliation. 


It is highly unusual for the Soka Gakkai to publicly announce its election policy. With the Upper House election scheduled for this summer, Komeito has thus made it clear that it won’t ask the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to endorse its candidates.


The LDP is willing to endorse Komeito candidates in five electoral districts and receive in exchange the Komeito’s endorsement of LDP candidates, especially in single-seat constituencies. The Soka Gakkai’s announcement may affect the two parties’ election coordination.

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