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DPFP okays talks with Tomin First to boost cooperation

Tokyo, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)–The opposition Democratic Party for the People, at a meeting of its lawmakers on Monday, approved a plan to hold talks with regional political party Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites first group) to bolster cooperation.     With an eye toward merging the two parties, the leaders and secretary-generals of the DPFP and Tomin First will work on fielding….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
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Fukushima re-elected SDP head without vote

Tokyo, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)–Mizuho Fukushima was re-elected head of Japan’s Social Democratic Party without contest on Friday as she was the only one who registered her candidacy for the small opposition party’s leadership election.     “I want to expand the party and change this society by doing whatever it takes to win in the House of Councillors election (this summer),” Fukushima, 66,….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
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CDPJ’s Izumi: From a party of criticism to party of proposals

On Dec. 14, 2021, Izumi Kenta, the leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), attended a public speaking event with Ogawa Junya, the CDPJ’s policy research council chair, at a location in front of Tokyo’s Yurakucho Station where people were passing by on their way home from work. “I’ve brought a notepad and pen,” said Izumi. Ogawa and….Read more

  • January 5, 2022
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LDP politicians call for thorough implementation of COVID-19 measures by U.S. military

NHK reported online on an LDP meeting held on Tuesday during which the participants called for the Kishida administration to press the U.S. side to step up its infection prevention measures, such as expanding PCR testing, amid the continued spike in COVID-19 cases in communities hosting U.S. bases. Chairman Sato Masahisa of the LDP Foreign Affairs Division reportedly voiced regret….Read more

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Political party support rates, NHK public opinion poll

  • January 11, 2022
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Japan’s largest opposition party faces crucial test in upcoming Upper House poll

BY ERIC JOHNSTON, STAFF WRITER   For Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Kenta Izumi, 2022 is especially auspicious, as he was born in 1974 — also the Year of the Tiger.   “Like a tiger, which can reportedly run hundreds of miles in a single day, I will travel around the country this year to promote the CDP’s policies….Read more

  • January 7, 2022
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Kishida prioritizes LDP with sights on UH election

By Sasai Tsuneo   On Nov. 30, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio was discussing the Upper House election with Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Vice-President Aso Taro and Secretary-General Motegi Toshimitsu in the LDP president’s office on the 4th floor of LDP headquarters.   “The Upper House wants to hold the election as early as possible,” said Kishida, glancing at a document….Read more

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LDP’s Tanigaki group plans to become faction

The Yurinkai group [Tanigaki group] led by former Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Tanigaki Sadakazu is considering becoming a faction. The move is intended to enhance the group’s presence by becoming a faction while senior officers in the group hold important positions in the government and LDP.   Yurinkai originates from the Kochikai (currently the Kishida faction). It has strong….Read more

  • January 5, 2022
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LDP “warming up” to Rengo

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is stepping up efforts to draw closer to the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), the largest support group for the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ). The LDP plans to focus on employment policy and wage hikes, which are key for Rengo, the central organization of labor unions in Japan. The LDP also appears to….Read more

  • December 31, 2022
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LDP to limit terms of office for party officers

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has decided to stipulate a term limit for LDP officers in the party rules as part of LDP reform. It plans to stipulate that party officers, except for the president, can serve “up to three consecutive terms with each term being one year in length.” The party aims to formally revise its rules at its….Read more

  • December 30, 2022
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