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Nippon Ishin seeking to become Japan’s top opposition party

Tokyo, March 23 (Jiji Press)–Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) aims to become the largest opposition party in the next general election in a bid to win power in the future, a draft action policy for 2022 showed Wednesday.

“We’ll become the largest opposition party in the next election for the House of Representatives,” the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament, the draft policy said.

Under the draft policy, Nippon Ishin seeks to win at least 12 seats in this summer’s election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet.

Nippon Ishin, based in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, is set to formally adopt the action policy at a party meeting Sunday.

Six Nippon Ishin seats will be contested in the Upper House election, while nine other seats the party has in the chamber will not be contested.

A party needs to have 21 or more seats in the Upper House in order to submit bills for measures requiring state funds. Half of all Upper House seats are contested every three years.

In the coming Upper House election, Nippon Ishin will focus on constituencies where multiple seats will be contested, according to the draft action policy.

Of them, the party designated the five prefectural constituencies of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo as the most important electoral districts. It regards the eight prefectural constituencies of Hokkaido, Ibaraki, Chiba, Saitama, Shizuoka, Aichi, Hiroshima and Fukuoka as important districts.

“It is necessary for us to further strengthen our local organizations in a bid to face off against the ruling coalition,” the draft policy said.

It has set a goal of increasing the party’s number of local assembly members across the country to more than 600 in next year’s unified local elections, chiefly by doubling those in areas outside Osaka.

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