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As Lower House campaign begins, national security takes new prominence

BY SATOSHI SUGIYAMA, STAFF WRITER   The Lower House election campaign officially kicked off Tuesday, with the ruling coalition and the opposition camp clashing over economic policies, the coronavirus pandemic response and the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito’s record over their nine-year reign.   Although voters’ primary concerns tend to be focused on domestic affairs, diplomacy and national security have….Read more

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LDP projected to retain majority in election but lose 40 seats

BY SATOSHI SUGIYAMA, STAFF WRITER   The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is projected to lose 40 seats in the Oct. 31 Lower House election, campaigning for which kicked off Tuesday, but will still gain a large enough majority to exert significant influence within the Diet by combining its seats with that of its junior coalition partner, a pollster has found.  ….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

LDP Upper House member Takagai Emiko has automatically lost her Upper House seat because she is running for a seat in the proportional representation Chugoku bloc in the Lower House election, which was announced on Oct. 19. The LDP’s Takeuchi Isao, who was a runner-up in the proportional representation segment of the 2016 Upper House race, is expected to move….Read more

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Women account for under 20% of candidates in Oct. 31 election

By Yamashita Go, staff writer   Women represent less than 20 percent of the expected candidates running in the Lower House election, despite a 2018 law that presses parties to field male and female candidates in comparable numbers.   The Oct. 31 election is the first for the Lower House since the law came into force. Official campaigning starts on….Read more

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Loss of LDP majority could open up range of coalition options

BY ERIC JOHNSTON, STAFF WRITER   The Oct. 31 Lower House election is a crucial moment in Japan’s political calendar because of the chamber’s greater power. It’s also a test for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who just assumed office on October 4, as well as for the ruling coalition and two opposition parties that, for the first time ever, have….Read more

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Editorial: Discuss solid paths to realize policy in lower house campaign / Examine ability to effect economic revitalization

In the midst of difficult circumstances such as the spread of the novel coronavirus, economic stagnation and turmoil in global situations, which party will be entrusted with steering Japan over the next four years? This will be decided in this important election.   Campaigning for the 49th House of Representatives election officially starts today. Opposition parties, with the largest Constitutional….Read more

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951 people to run in Japan general election: Jiji survey

Tokyo, Oct. 14 (Jiji Press)–A total of 951 people plan to run in the Oct. 31 general election in Japan, a Jiji Press survey found Thursday.   In the election for the 465-seat House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament, the number of candidates is expected to grow further toward Tuesday, when the campaign….Read more

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Kishida dissolves parliament for Japan election: 5 things to know

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei Asia chief business news correspondent   TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved parliament Thursday for a general election on Oct. 31, as the lower house comes to the end of its four-year term. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, are seeking to maintain their dominance in the Diet despite political….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
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Editorial: Voters face choice between stability and change of govt / Parties must offer solutions to tough issues

Will the people put their trust in the newly formed administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, or will they let the opposition parties, which are strengthening their alliance, take over? This is an important opportunity for voters to make a choice.   The House of Representatives has been dissolved. The official campaign period for the first lower house election in….Read more

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Lower House dissolved

NHK reported that the House of Representatives has been dissolved for a general election after Lower House Speaker Oshima made the announcement at a plenary session that began at 1 p.m. today. The network said each party will effectively begin campaigning for the general election slated for Oct. 31. Official campaigning will begin on Oct. 19.   The network said….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
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