Tokyo, July 12 (Jiji Press)–Emerging political group Sanseito met requirements for legal status as a political party in Sunday’s election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament.
The requirements are set under the public offices election law and the political party subsidies law.
In the Upper House poll, Sanseito with a nationalistic bent won one proportional representation seat, its first seat in the Diet, and 2 pct or more of votes.
The Social Democratic Party also maintained its status as a political party by winning at least 2 pct of votes.
Gaining the status as a political party has many advantages in carrying out political activities and election campaigns.
Once a political group is recognized as a party, it can receive state subsidies and have a candidate run in a single-seat constituency and a proportional representation bloc at the same time in an election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber.