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Speculation mounts about timing of next general election

Saturday’s Sankei wrote that despite the prevailing view that there will be no national elections until the summer of 2025 following the LDP’s landslide victory in the Upper House election earlier this month, some LDP officials speculated that Prime Minister Kishida may be tempted to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election as early as next year to obtain….Read more

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Some youths steered clear of LDP in Upper House race

Sunday’s Nikkei delved into the results of the July 10 Upper House election, focusing on major political parties’ performance in the proportional representation segment. Based on an exit poll conducted by Kyodo, the business daily claimed that some young voters, especially those in their 20s, abandoned the LDP to vote for the newly established Sanseito party and the Democratic Party….Read more

  • July 17, 2022
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Three pundits discuss post-election landscape for Kishida gov’t

In the Upper House election, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) cruised to victory by winning a majority of the 125 seats contested alone whereas the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) fared poorly. How should the government of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, who has won two national elections in a row since coming to power, run the country in the….Read more


LDP candidates gained fewer bloc votes in UH election

By Kaite Yusuke   The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) gained fewer bloc votes in the Upper House election [than it has in the past]. The candidate supported by the Japan War-Bereaved Families Political Federation, whose candidates are perennial winners, lost the election. The candidate supported by the National Postmasters’ Association, which has long boasted of its outstanding ability to win….Read more

  • July 14, 2022
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Japan LDP wins 34 pct of proportional rep. votes

  Tokyo, July 12 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party won 34.4 pct of the votes in the nationwide proportional representation bloc in Sunday’s House of Councillors election, enjoying the largest share among parties.   The share was 0.9 percentage point lower than in the previous 2019 election for the upper chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament. But it….Read more

  • July 12, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 2:30 p.m.
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Opinion: Abe’s death puts Kishida-style leadership of LDP to the test

By Mikuriya Takashi, political scientist and professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo (Interviewed by Ikeda Shin’ichi)   The candidates in the latest Upper House election engaged in heatless discussions amid record-setting heat. But an abominable incident in which former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was shot dead while making a stump speech during the final phase of election campaign turned….Read more


Editorial: After big win, Kishida’s big tasks are the Constitution and inflation

By Editorial Board, The Sankei Shimbun   Results of the Upper House election on July 10 gave the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito a majority of the seats that were contested. Half of the total number of seats in the Upper House had been up for grabs. With that win, they now control more than two-thirds of the….Read more

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Editorial: Japan unites to defend democracy after Abe assassination

On Sunday, two days after the fatal shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan held its upper house elections, with the ruling coalition winning enough votes to form a stable government.   Abe’s assassination was an unforgivable assault on democracy. But the fact that voting proceeded without major disruption indicates the Japanese public’s resolve to defend democracy and not give in….Read more

  • July 13, 2022
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Japan CDP aims to rebuild party after crushing defeat

Tokyo, July 13 (Jiji Press)–The major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan will accelerate efforts to rebuild its strength after suffering a crushing defeat in Sunday’s House of Councillors election.     CDP President Kenta Izumi has pledged to make preparations for unified local elections next spring after analyzing the results of the election for the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s….Read more

  • July 13, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 1:08 p.m.
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