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Sagging public support overclouding prospects for upcoming local elections

(Nikkei: August 4, 2015 – p. 4)    Concerns are spreading within the government and the ruling parties that Diet deliberations on security legislation are backfiring and casting a pall over upcoming elections. Some members are calling for reviewing the strategy for the gubernatorial race in Iwate Prefecture, in which candidates from both the ruling and opposition parties will have….Read more

  • 2015-08-04 15:00:00
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Nukaga to support Abe’s uncontested reelection in LDP leadership race

(Nikkei: July 31, 2015 – p. 4)    Former Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga, who heads a faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, expressed his intention on July 31 to support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s uncontested reelection [third term] in the LDP presidential election scheduled for September. Nukaga pointed out that “the party should pour all its energy into the….Read more

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TPP members working for early agreement to avoid impact of U.S. presidential election

(Yomiuri: July 29, 2015 – p. 9)    By Kunihiko Yasue, Kyoko Yamaguchi in Hawaii    The 12 TPP member states will work for reaching a basic agreement at their ministerial meeting starting on July 28 (July 29, Japan time). They are rushing to reach an agreement because the U.S. political situation will become unpredictable if this is delayed, making….Read more

  • 2015-07-29 15:00:00
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Yosuke Isozaki says LDP should secure “single-party majority” in Upper House election

(Mainichi: July 27, 2017, 2015 – p. 2)    Yosuke Isozaki, a special advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, delivered a speech in Oita City on July 27. Regarding the next House of Councillors election, he said: “It is important because of constitutional revision. I hope the Liberal Democratic Party will be able to secure a single-party majority if possible.….Read more

  • 2015-07-27 15:00:00
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LDP likely to pick Machimura’s son-in-law as candidate for Lower House by-election

(Tokyo Shimbun: July 14, 2015 – p. 6)    In connection with the recruitment of a candidate for a by-election for the Hokkaido No. 5 district to fill the House of Representatives seat that was vacated as a result of the death of former Lower House Speaker Nobutaka Machimura, the Liberal Democratic Party’s Hokkaido No. 5 district branch selected Yoshiaki….Read more

  • 2015-07-14 15:00:00
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65% of 17-, 18-year-olds to “vote” in next summer’s upper house election

(Tokyo Shimbun: June 29, 2015—p. 3)    In the wake of the Diet’s enactment of an amendment to the Public Offices Election Law lowering the legal voting age from the current age of “20 and over” to “18 and over,” Kyodo News conducted an online questionnaire survey of those 17 and 18 years old. In the survey, respondents were asked….Read more

  • 2015-07-02 15:00:00
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Strong possibility of Abe running in LDP presidential election uncontested

(Yomiuri: June 23, 2015 – p. 2)    Since the current session of the Diet has now been substantially extended until Sept. 27, there is a growing view that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will win the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election for his third term unopposed. The LDP leadership race is scheduled to be held in September. Although the….Read more

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LDP likely to hold presidential election on Sept. 20

(Mainichi: June 23, 2015 – p. 1)    With the term of President Shinzo Abe expiring on Sept. 30, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party put forward on June 22 a policy of holding a presidential election on Sept. 20, kicking off the official campaign for the election on Sept. 8, according to a source connected to the LDP. The LDP’s….Read more

  • 2015-06-23 15:00:00
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Ozawa sounds out opposition leaders on “unified list of candidates” for Upper House election

(Nikkei: June 10, 2015 – p. 4)    It has been learned that Ichiro Ozawa, co-leader of the People’s Life Party & Taro Yamamoto and Friends (PLPTYF), has sounded out Japan Innovation Party leader Yorihisa Matsuno and senior members of other opposition parties on creating a “unified list of candidates” for the proportional representative segment of the House of Councillors….Read more

  • 2015-06-10 15:00:00
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Voter turnout in mayoral elections hits record low of 50.53%

(Yomiuri: April 27, 2015 – p. 1)    The second round of the 18th unified local elections took place on April 26 and votes for most wards were counted on the same day. Of the major mayoral elections in which the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan squared off, the LDP-backed candidates were elected.….Read more

  • 2015-04-27 15:00:00
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