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FOCUS: Ukraine war puts spotlight on defense budget hike in Japan election

TOKYO — With Russia’s war on Ukraine setting alarm bells ringing in Japan about an assertive China, the defense budget has become one of the key issues in the House of Councillors election on July 10.   Polls show that the public is split on an increase in defense spending with a Kyodo News survey conducted from Sunday to Tuesday….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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Expert view on UH election: Japan is at the front of U.S.-China tensions

By Watanabe Tsuneo, senior research fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation   With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s military buildup in mind, holding concrete discussions on foreign and national security is indispensable for the ruling and opposition parties.   The United States no longer possess overwhelming power on either the economic or military fronts. With East Asia facing a more dire….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
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Expert view on UH election: Japan should endeavor to keep China’s ambitions in check

By Imamura Takashi, director of Marubeni Research Institute   Continuity is an important element in foreign policy. If Japan is not consistent in foreign policy, it will not be able to win the international community’s trust.   China has become a strategic competitor. As the direction of globalization has changed, [there are countries that] only think about their own gain,….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
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Commentary: Kishida, LDP blurring campaign issue

By Yora Masao, senior writer   What should be Japan’s defense posture during Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine? It is natural for political parties to compete in presenting their visions for defense in the ongoing Upper House election campaign.   But is it true that national defense has really become a major election campaign issue? I doubt it. The vision….Read more

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The fate of four new female candidates endorsed by LDP for UH election

According to a survey by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a place for exchanges among lawmakers from across the world, Japan ranks 162nd in the percentage of female lawmakers. It ranks lowest among the Group of Seven (G7) major economies. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has been making efforts to rectify this shameful situation ahead of the Upper House election, but….Read more

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Candidates prioritize economy, security

“The economy and employment” is the most important issue for candidates running in the upcoming House of Councillors election, followed by “diplomacy and security,” according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.   Fifty percent of the candidates who responded said the economy and employment would be a priority area for them during the campaign for the July 10 election, edging the….Read more

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Ruling parties solid on postelection allies

The results of a Yomiuri Shimbun survey of candidates running in the upcoming House of Councillors election suggest that those running for the Liberal Democrinsatic Party and its coalition partner Komeito have a strong mutual hope to cooperate with each other after the election, while many candidates from opposition parties have unrequited hopes for postelection allies.   When asked which….Read more

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Japan election pledges long on spending, short on financing

Tokyo, June 30 (Jiji Press)–Japanese political parties have pledged big spending to voters ahead of the July 10 House of Councillors election, while they are short on how to finance such measures.     The Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling bloc has promised to take measures to address soaring prices and revive the economy hurt by the novel coronavirus pandemic, putting spending before….Read more

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Editorial: Japan still far from breaking free of male-dominated politics

It’s been four years since the gender parity law was passed in Japan, with an aim of fielding an equal number of female and male candidates in elections. Still, the male-dominated political environment has not changed.   Women make up 33.2% of all candidates running in the July 10 House of Councillors election. This is the first time the ratio….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
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