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Osaka Ishin sees next Upper House election as opportunity for constitutional revision

(Yomiuri: December 15, 2015 – p. 4)    Osaka City Mayor Toru Hashimoto, former provisional leader of Osaka Ishin no Kai, has indicated that the party should win a two-thirds majority — necessary for submitting motions to revise the constitution — together with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito in the House of Councillors election next summer. However, it….Read more

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JCP to cooperate with DPJ to support independent candidates in Upper House election

(Yomiuri: December 4, 2015 – p. 4)    Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Chairman Kazuo Shii indicated at a press conference on Dec. 3 that his party has decided to cooperate with the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, which plans to field independent candidates with other opposition parties in a unified manner in electoral districts where only one seat is….Read more

  • 2015-12-04 15:00:00
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Rift between PM Abe, CCS Suga on SDF deployment in S. China Sea, Osaka elections

(Sentaku: December 2015, pp. 48-50)    At the Japan-U.S. Summit in Manila on the evening of Nov. 19, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told President Barack Obama he will “consider Self-Defense Forces (SDF) operations in the South China Sea while closely watching the impact of the situation on Japan’s security.”    The common understanding in the Japanese government is that deployment….Read more

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Opposition leaders on election cooperation, “coalition government,” Abenomics, more

(AERA: December 7, 2015 – pp. 65-68)    By Naoyuki Miyashita    Following is the gist of a two-hour discussion by Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Katsuya Okada, Japan Innovation Party (JIP) leader Yorihisa Matsuno, and Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Chairman Kazuo Shii, moderated by Hokkaido University Professor Toru Yoshida:    Yoshida: Protests against the security laws have served….Read more

  • 2015-12-02 15:00:00
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Reasons behind talk of simultaneous Upper, Lower House elections next summer

(Nikkei: December 1, 2015 – p. 4)    A number of senior Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) officials have mentioned dissolving the House of Representatives for an election to be held simultaneously with the House of Councillors election next summer. There is an opinion that this is meant as a warning to Komeito — which differs with the LDP on goods….Read more

  • 2015-12-01 15:00:00
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Abe emphasizes “unity in Upper House election for constitutional reform”

(Sankei: November 29, 2015 – p. 1)    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended a gathering of the “Sosei Nippon” suprapartisan group of conservative lawmakers, chaired by him, held on the night of Nov. 28 in Tokyo. After referring to the fact that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding, Abe expressed his eagerness to amend….Read more

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JCP’s Shii says withdrawal of possible candidates for Upper House election conceivable

(Yomiuri: November 19, 2015 – p. 4)    In an interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Chairman Kazuo Shii disclosed that the JCP could cancel its informal decisions on candidates for the House of Councillors election in order to cooperate with other opposition parties in the election campaign. Shii also stated that his party “would not attempt….Read more

  • 2015-11-19 15:00:00
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LDP concerned about local election setbacks having negative impact on Upper House election

(Yomiuri: November 17, 2015 – p. 4)    In the Fukushima prefectural assembly election conducted on Nov. 15, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party lost one of its seats and failed to reach its goal of winning a majority of the 58 seats. There is a view in the government and LDP that delays in the reconstruction of the prefecture from….Read more

  • 2015-11-17 15:00:00
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Regular Diet session to open Jan. 4; Upper House election campaign likely to start after G7

(Yomiuri: November 17, 2015 – p. 4)    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an unusual decision to convene the next regular Diet session earlier than usual on Jan. 4. The House of Councillors election will probably be held around July 10. This schedule is favorable for the ruling parties because they will be able to campaign for the Upper House….Read more

  • 2015-11-17 15:00:00
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Opposition parties face major obstacles to cooperation in next Upper House election

(Mainichi: November 10, 2015 – p. 5)    Opposition parties are now having difficulty cooperating on fielding candidates for the House of Councillors election next summer. For the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan, which has failed to regain its former strength, whether it can field unified candidates with the Japanese Communist Party in single-seat constituencies, is the key to….Read more

  • 2015-11-10 15:00:00
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