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Editorial: Government’s new pandemic measures need fleshing out

In preparation for the next wave of novel coronavirus infections, the government has come up with the basic outline of its new pandemic response policy.   Assuming the worst-case scenario of the virus’ transmissibility reaching double the peak level of this past summer, the government is projecting a 20-percent increase in the number of patients requiring hospitalization and is setting up….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:10 p.m.
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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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Japan parliamentary race hits record low for candidates under 40

TOKYO — Candidates in their 20s and 30s make up 9.4% and women less than 20% of those running in Japan’s lower house election on Oct. 31, highlighting the country’s continued struggles with incorporating new and more diverse viewpoints into its politics.   Of the 1,051 registered candidates who began campaigning on Tuesday, 99 are in their 20s and 30s — falling below….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:03 a.m.
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Party leaders hit the streets as national election campaign starts

Campaigning for the Lower House election began on Oct. 19 with the ruling and opposition camps both claiming to be the best choice to end the COVID-19 health crisis and rebuild the battered economy.   The vote will be held on Oct. 31 to decide 465 seats in the Lower House.   “The nation stands at a crossroads because of….Read more

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Single-seat districts exacerbate difficulty in increasing female candidates

By Yamashita Go and Ose Kotaro, graphics by Kato Keitaro   According to a tally by the Asahi Shimbun, some single-seat electoral districts have a relatively high percentage of female candidates, such as Gifu No. 1 district (59%). Niigata no. 4 district (50%), Saitama No. 13 district (44%), Hokkaido No. 11 district (43%), and Gunma No. 5 and Fukui No.….Read more

  • October 18, 2021
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Women make up less than 18% of candidates in Japan general election

TOKYO — Women account for 17.7 percent of the candidates running in Japan’s Oct. 31 general election, a figure largely unchanged from the previous election despite government efforts to boost female representation in politics.   Of the 1,051 candidates contesting the 465 seats in the House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber of parliament, only 186 are women, down 23….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 10:05 p.m.
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Editorial: Voters must evaluate responsibility of parties’ plans for Japan’s future

This is an election to determine the course Japan should take after overcoming the present novel coronavirus crisis. It is vital to listen to the opinions of each party and calmly judge their ability to execute policies and their sense of responsibility for the future.   Campaigning for the 49th House of Representatives election has officially started, with 1,051 candidates….Read more

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