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LDP launches election strategy headquarters for UH election

On April 25, the Liberal Democratic Party’s “strategy headquarters for the Upper House election” met for the first time, with the participation of about ten senior party members, including Prime Minister Kishida Fumio (LDP president), who heads the group. The party will step up preparations for the Upper House election, which is slated to take place this summer. At the….Read more

  • April 26, 2022
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Party That Protects People Who Do Not Pay the NHK License Fee changes name to NHK Party

On April 25, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced it had received notification from the Party That Protects People Who Do Not Pay the NHK License Fee [NHK Jushinryo wo Harawanai Kokumin wo Mamoru To] that it has changed its name to “NHK Party [NHK To].” This is the seventh time that the party has changed its name….Read more

  • April 26, 2022
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Aso faction broadening influence but anxiety lingers

By Hiroike Yoshikazu   Liberal Democratic Party Vice-President Aso Taro (81) plays a pivotal role in the government as a guardian of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. But the recent exodus of four members from his faction and the absence of a candidate for future party president whom a majority of faction members can agree to back are giving rise to….Read more

  • April 15, 2022
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  • April 24, 2022
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POLITICS > Elections

LDP candidate wins upper house by-election

Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref., April 24 (Jiji Press)–Shuji Miyamoto of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party won Sunday’s by-election for the House of Councillors in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan.     The Upper House by-election, the first parliamentary poll since last autumn’s House of Representatives election, took place in the run-up to this summer’s Upper House race.     The by-election was held after the LDP’s incumbent resigned….Read more

  • April 24, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 11:30 p.m.
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Gov’t provides 7.8 billion yen in subsidies to eight political parties

On April 20, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) disbursed a total of 7.88413 billion yen in the first tranche of government subsidies to eight political parties for 2022 ( 31.53652 billion yen in total). Following is a list of government subsidies provided to political parties except for the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), which did not apply for….Read more

  • April 21, 2022
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LDP compiles resolution to increase number of MOFA staff to 8,000

At a meeting on April 20, the Foreign Affairs Division of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) compiled a resolution on the enhancement of diplomatic power to be submitted to the government. The resolution is centered on a request to increase the number of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) staff from the current 6,500 or so to 8,000 over the next….Read more

  • April 21, 2022
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POLITICS > Elections

Incumbent backed by LDP reelected in key Okinawa race

All Monday papers wrote that Okinawa Mayor Kuwae easily won a third term in Sunday’s mayoral election, defeating a rival supported by anti-base Governor Tamaki. As this was the fourth consecutive victory by an LDP-fielded candidate in a mayoral election in the island prefecture this year, the papers said the latest result has dealt a severe blow to the prefectural….Read more

  • April 25, 2022
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Japan’s ruling party to propose more defense spending, eyes 2% of GDP

TOKYO – Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party will propose that the government sharply increase its defense spending, party members said Thursday, suggesting they will push for, at a minimum, an amount equivalent to 2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, double the current level.   The party’s draft proposal for revising the government’s National Security Strategy will also include….Read more

  • April 21, 2022
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LDP, Komeito leaders fail to reach conclusion on extra budget

Tokyo, April 20 (Jiji Press)–The leaders of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, failed at their meeting Wednesday to reach a conclusion on whether to draw up a fiscal 2022 supplementary budget for planned emergency economic measures to tackle rising prices.     Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, president of the LDP, and Komeito head Natsuo Yamaguchi only confirmed that their….Read more

  • April 20, 2022
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