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More voters in Tokyo metropolitan area stop supporting CDPJ

The percentage of votes cast for the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) saw a sharp drop primarily in the Tokyo metropolitan area, where the party is believed to have strong support, in the proportional representation constituencies in the latest Upper House election compared with the previous Upper House election held three years ago. Specifically, people with young children and….Read more

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Abe faction taking lead in recruiting new LDP lawmakers

Tokyo, July 25 (Jiji Press)–The Liberal Democratic Party’s largest faction, which was led by the late former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is taking a lead over other factions in recruiting lawmakers newly elected to the House of Councillors.   Among LDP candidates who ran in the July 10 election for the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, 20 rookies….Read more

  • July 25, 2022
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Shimoji’s participation shakes up Okinawa gubernatorial race

Saturday’s Okinawa Times wrote that although the Okinawa gubernatorial election in Sept. 11 had been expected to be a one-on-one battle between incumbent Tamaki Denny, who is backed by the “All Okinawa” anti-Henoko construction group, and former Ginowan Mayor Sakima Atsushi, who is supported by the LDP, former Lower House member Shimoji Mikio’s July 20 announcement that he will enter….Read more

  • July 23, 2022
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Japan LDP’s big win belies falling popularity among young voters

SHOTARO MIYASAKA, HIROSHI ASAHINA and MASAYUKI KUBOTA, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — In Japan’s July 10 upper house election, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory, capturing 63 seats — more than half of those up for grabs. At first sight, the party’s hold on power seems unshakable. But on close inspection, its future may not be….Read more

  • July 25, 2022
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U.S. military involvement or deception? Bullet found at Okinawa house triggers speculation

A bullet-like object was found at a house near the U.S. military’s Camp Hansen (straddling Kin Town and other municipalities in Okinawa Prefecture) on July 7. The incident is sending shock waves through the local community as the origin of the bullet is unknown. Was it a stray bullet fired during a U.S. military drill? Or was the incident fabricated?….Read more

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Nikkei reporters discuss UH election outcomes, what’s next for LDP

The House of Councilors election on July 10 ended with a big victory for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Nikkei’s field reporters look back on the election campaign and discuss the future of LDP officers and political affairs.   Question: What is the expected date for a Cabinet reshuffle?   Reporter E: There are two possible dates, either in late….Read more

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Expert’s view on Upper House election

Kyushu-based Nishinippon Shimbun carried an interview with election and political advisor Kume Akira, who long worked as the head of the LDP office and has been dubbed the “god of elections” in Nagatacho, concerning the July 10 Upper House election.    On the LDP’s winning 63 seats and single-handedly securing the majority of the contested seats, Kume said: “Public support….Read more

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Kishida Cabinet approval rating climbs to 59%, NHK public opinion poll

An NHK poll shows that the approval rating for Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s Cabinet is at 59%, up 5 percentage points from the previous survey carried out a week before the July 10 Upper House election. The disapproval rating went down 6 points, to 21%.   NHK conducted a nationwide survey over the three-day period of July 16–18 on a….Read more

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CDPJ failed to sway voters alarmed by rising inflation

Yahoo! News Japan ran an analysis of the results of the July 10 Upper House election by Keio University Professor Emeritus Kobayashi Yoshiaki, the nation’s leading expert on voter behavior. His team conducted a comprehensive nationwide survey after the race in which seven out of ten respondents expressed anxiety about the future, with most of them disapproving of the GOJ’s….Read more

  • July 19, 2022
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