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Komeito finalizes campaign pledges for Upper House election

Komeito finalized on June 8 its campaign pledges for the House of Councillors election, including the introduction of a reduced tax rate for certain items when the consumption tax is increased in October 2019. The pledges will be announced officially at a meeting of its Central Secretariat on June 9.   On funding for the improvement of social security policies,….Read more

  • June 9, 2016
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LDP, Komeito to clash in 7 constituencies; DP, JCP to clash in all multi-seat districts

Nearly all candidates for the 45 electoral districts in the House of Councillors election have been finalized. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito are expected to clash in seven out of the nine multi-seat constituencies that will elect three to six Upper House members, but the LDP is endorsing the Komeito candidate in five of these districts. A key….Read more

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Labor group worried by lack of opposition cooperation in Upper House election

Rengo (Japan Trade Union Confederation) is becoming increasingly worried about the House of Councillors election. While it is fielding a record 12 candidates from the group, the opposition parties are unable to cooperate on a joint proportional representation ticket in the election and support for the Democratic Party (DP) remains sluggish. Although Rengo Chairman Rikio Kozu is calling on the….Read more

  • June 8, 2016
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LDP pledges to fund policies without relying on bond issuance in Upper House election

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) approved on June 3 its campaign pledges for the House of Councillors election, focusing on economic revitalization and realizing a society of dynamic engagement of all citizens through the Abenomics policies. The LDP proposes to postpone the increase of the consumption tax rate to 10% by 30 months and give more support to childcare and….Read more

  • June 4, 2016
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Ruling parties rush to revise campaign pledges for Upper House election

In light of the postponement of the consumption tax increase, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito each held internal meetings on June 2 to speed up the revision of their campaign pledges for the House of Councillors election.   The main issue in drafting the pledges is explaining how they intend to strike a balance between improvement in social….Read more

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DP concludes policy agreement with labor group Rengo

The Democratic Party (DP) made joint stump speeches with its main support group, Rengo (Japan Trade Union Confederation), in Yuracho, Tokyo, on June 2, where Rengo Chairman Rikio Kozu and DP Secretary General Yukio Edano criticized Abenomics fiercely.   The opposition parties had also challenged the ruling parties on the postponement of the consumption tax increase in the 2014 House….Read more

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Abe raises ruling bloc’s target in Upper House election in light of criticism of tax hike delay

At his news conference on June 1, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised the ruling parties’ target in the House of Councillors election to “a majority of the seats being contested.”

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Four opposition parties agree on common policies for Upper House election

The main opposition Democratic Party (DP), Japanese Communist Party (JCP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), and People’s Life Party (PLP) held a meeting on June 1 in the Diet building. The four opposition parties agreed to adhere to common policies in the House of Councillors election, focusing on abolishing the security laws and opposing constitutional amendment under the cabinet of Prime….Read more

  • June 2, 2016
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LDP becoming “yes man” party under Abe

On the ruling coalition’s consent to Abe’s plan to postpone the consumption tax hike, TV-Asahi “Hodo Station” and TBS “News 23” noted that Finance Minister Aso and LDP Secretary General Tanigaki, who are both staunch fiscal conservatives, chose to give in to the premier without putting up much resistance. The programs expressed concern that the absence of vigorous debate on controversial….Read more

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Gist of Lower House plenary session debate on vote of no confidence, May 31

Following is the gist of the debate by representatives of five political parties on the motion for a vote of no confidence on the cabinet at the plenary session of the House of Representatives:   Cabinet supported by the people   Jun Matsumoto (Liberal Democratic Party [LDP]; opposing the motion): In the three years and six months since the change….Read more

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