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Nondescript Kishida cabinet heads into Upper House election

Campaigning for the House of Councilors election is in full swing. Addressing high commodity prices has emerged out of the blue as an issue in the election, but interest in the election itself is not high. Meanwhile, the opposition parties don’t have their act together. It is hard to imagine things will develop in some dramatic fashion. The focus is….Read more


Japan’s ruling LDP holds highest preelection support at 28%, Kyodo News second trend survey

TOKYO — The ruling Liberal Democratic Party remains in the lead with the highest support rate ahead of the July 10 House of Councillors election, a Kyodo News survey showed Tuesday.   In the nationwide telephone survey conducted from Sunday through Tuesday, 28.3 percent of respondents said they will vote for the LDP led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida when….Read more

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Parties in favor of constitutional revision likely to maintain two-thirds of seats  

Sankei front-paged a report saying that based on the results of its joint survey conducted with FNN on June 25 and 26, parties in favor of revising the Constitution, including the LDP, Komeito, the Japan Innovation Party, and the Democratic Party For the People, are likely to maintain in the 248-member Upper House a two-thirds majority, which is needed to initiate an….Read more

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Only 22% are “very interested” in Upper House election, Asahi poll

On June 22–23, the Asahi Shimbun conducted a telephone-based poll to probe the public’s level of interest in the July 10 Upper House election. The survey found the interest level very low, although perhaps this is because it is still the early days of campaigning.   Only 22% of respondents said they are “very interested” in the upcoming election. The….Read more


68% of candidates favor bolstering Japan’s defense, Asahi-U of Tokyo poll

Sixty-eight percent of candidates in the July 10 Upper House election favor strengthening Japan’s defense, nearly double the 37 percent of three years ago, reflecting fears about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a survey showed.   The latest figure is the largest over the 20 years of similar surveys conducted ahead of national elections.   The survey was conducted by The….Read more


60% say restarting nuclear power plants inevitable, Sankei online survey

More and more people are calling for Japan to use nuclear power. In light of the Ukraine crisis, the Sankei Shimbun conducted an online public opinion poll on energy issues on June 3–6, 2022. According to the poll, a total of 59.0% of respondents said it is inevitable that Japan will restart its nuclear power plants given its energy situation,….Read more


Ruling, opposition party UH candidates differ in views on Henoko relocation, Asahi/U of Tokyo poll

By Okamura Natsuki   Political parties differ in views on the relocation of the U.S. military’s Futenma Air Station (Ginowan City, Okinawa) to the Henoko district of Nago City, according to a survey of candidates running in the July 10 Upper House election. Some 85% of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidates, 54% of Komeito candidates, and 83% of Nippon Ishin….Read more


LDP lags far behind other parties on gender diversity issues, Asahi-U of Tokyo poll

Of all the contenders running in the Upper House election next month, candidates of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are the least supportive of the rights of sexual minorities and legally allowing married couples to use different surnames, a survey shows.

  • June 26, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 2:33 p.m.
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LDP out in front but election far from over

With campaigning for the House of Councillors election in full swing, the Liberal Democratic Party has a healthy lead, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey, but the main ruling party is refusing to count its chickens before they hatch.   The survey revealed that rising prices sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the depreciating yen are having a direct….Read more

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