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Komeito Secretary-General Inoue: “Reasons are needed” for double election

(Yomiuri: March 22, 2016 – p. 4)    Regarding speculations about a possible simultaneous election for the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors this summer, Komeito Secretary-General Inoue told the press in Aomori City on March 21, “Reasons are needed [for a double election]. There will be no simultaneous election unless reasons are given that the public can….Read more

  • 2016-03-22 15:00:00
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About half of pollees want tax hike frozen and snap election called, Sankei-FNN survey

(Sankei: March 22, 2016 – p. 5)    In the opinion poll jointly conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) [on March 19–20], over 70% of each major party’s supporters said either “the consumption tax hike should be postponed” or “the consumption tax rate should not be raised.” About half also said that the increase in the….Read more

  • 2016-03-22 15:00:00
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67% say they will factor in their views on the Constitution when voting in summer elections

(Yomiuri: March 17, 2016 – p. 1)    The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a nationwide public opinion poll (mail-in) to probe views on the Constitution. A full 67% of pollees indicated that they will take into account their views on the Constitution in deciding how to vote in this summer’s Upper House elections. This figure substantially exceeded the 31% who said….Read more

  • 2016-03-17 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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Abe’s acceptance of court-mediated Henoko settlement sign of plan for double elections

(Shukan Bunshun: March 17, 2016 – pp. 134-135)    On Mar. 4, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suddenly announced a decision to shift from court battle with Okinawa over the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko to acceptance of the court-mediated settlement. What was the real intent behind this?    With the settlement, the government will suspend reclamation work….Read more

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Ruling parties beefing up childcare policies ahead of Upper House election

(Mainichi: March 11, 2016 – p. 5)    By Ai Yokota, Kei Sato    The ruling parties began compiling emergency measures on Mar. 10 to deal with children on waiting lists to enroll in childcare facilities. This is because a furious blog posting by a mother whose child failed to get admission to any childcare facility has triggered widespread discontent….Read more

  • 2016-03-11 15:00:00
  • , Mainichi
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Ex-LDP secretary-general worries Abe’s constitutional revision initiative may affect election

(Yomiuri: March 9, 2016 – p. 2)    Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Makoto Koga expressed concern that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s eagerness to revise the Constitution while he is in office may affect the House of Councillors election scheduled to take place this summer.    “In view of the election, it is not good to give the public the….Read more

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LDP’s Motegi says Upper House election to be held “on July 10 or later”

(Asahi: March 8, 2016 – p. 4)    Toshimitsu Motegi, who heads the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) Election Strategy Committee, indicated on March 7 that the House of Councillors election slated for this summer will be held on July 10 or later. He disclosed this outlook an LDP meeting held in Chiba City yesterday. The LDP apparently is envisaging a….Read more

  • 2016-03-08 15:00:00
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Abe’s resolve to amend Constitution while in office to be key issue in Upper House election

(Mainichi: March 3, 2016 – p. 5)    On March 2, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his intention to aim at amending the Constitution “while in office.” His announcement is certain to become a key issue in the House of Councillors. With an eye on concurrent elections for the two Diet houses, Abe intends to win a two-thirds majority in….Read more

  • 2016-03-03 15:00:00
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U.S. presidential election frontrunners’ positions detrimental for Abenomics

(Tokyo Shimbun: March 3, 2016 – p. 7)    Washington, KYODO – With the frontrunners in the U.S. presidential election baring their economic policies, a strong adverse wind is blowing against Abenomics. The Democratic Party’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 68, has announced her opposition to the TPP, while the Republican Party’s business tycoon candidate Donald Trump, 69, has….Read more

  • 2016-03-03 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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LDP makes superficial commitment to tackle LGBT issues for Upper House election, Olympics

(Tokyo Shimbun: March 2, 2016 – p. 26)    The Liberal Democratic Party has launched a committee to eliminate discrimination against sexual minorities, or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It appears to be making a commitment to tackle LGBT related issues, but the chairman of the committee noted at its first meeting that the legalization of same-sex marriage is….Read more

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