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As Lower House campaign begins, national security takes new prominence

BY SATOSHI SUGIYAMA, STAFF WRITER   The Lower House election campaign officially kicked off Tuesday, with the ruling coalition and the opposition camp clashing over economic policies, the coronavirus pandemic response and the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito’s record over their nine-year reign.   Although voters’ primary concerns tend to be focused on domestic affairs, diplomacy and national security have….Read more


LDP projected to retain majority in election but lose 40 seats

BY SATOSHI SUGIYAMA, STAFF WRITER   The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is projected to lose 40 seats in the Oct. 31 Lower House election, campaigning for which kicked off Tuesday, but will still gain a large enough majority to exert significant influence within the Diet by combining its seats with that of its junior coalition partner, a pollster has found.  ….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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Infographic: Political parties’ security platforms

  • October 15, 2021
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Party leaders hit the streets as national election campaign starts

Campaigning for the Lower House election began on Oct. 19 with the ruling and opposition camps both claiming to be the best choice to end the COVID-19 health crisis and rebuild the battered economy.   The vote will be held on Oct. 31 to decide 465 seats in the Lower House.   “The nation stands at a crossroads because of….Read more


Single-seat districts exacerbate difficulty in increasing female candidates

By Yamashita Go and Ose Kotaro, graphics by Kato Keitaro   According to a tally by the Asahi Shimbun, some single-seat electoral districts have a relatively high percentage of female candidates, such as Gifu No. 1 district (59%). Niigata no. 4 district (50%), Saitama No. 13 district (44%), Hokkaido No. 11 district (43%), and Gunma No. 5 and Fukui No.….Read more

  • October 18, 2021
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Editorial: Lower House poll can help cure political woes caused by LDP

The official campaign period for the first Lower House election in four years started on Oct. 19.   This general election is about choosing either continued rule by the coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner, Komeito, or a power shift to an opposition alliance led by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP).   The….Read more

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Family business? Newcomers face hurdles in Japan’s election

SHOTARO MIYASAKA and JUNNOSUKE KOBARA, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Campaigning officially kicked off on Tuesday ahead of Japan’s lower house election on Oct. 31. Although the race will feature the perennial calls for reform, an examination of the data on the candidates so far shows there are still significant barriers to entry for newcomers to politics in the….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
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Political party support rates, NHK public opinion poll


Women account for under 20% of candidates in Oct. 31 election

By Yamashita Go, staff writer   Women represent less than 20 percent of the expected candidates running in the Lower House election, despite a 2018 law that presses parties to field male and female candidates in comparable numbers.   The Oct. 31 election is the first for the Lower House since the law came into force. Official campaigning starts on….Read more


Loss of LDP majority could open up range of coalition options

BY ERIC JOHNSTON, STAFF WRITER   The Oct. 31 Lower House election is a crucial moment in Japan’s political calendar because of the chamber’s greater power. It’s also a test for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who just assumed office on October 4, as well as for the ruling coalition and two opposition parties that, for the first time ever, have….Read more

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