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Nippon Ishin co-leader Baba sees himself as “catcher and eighth batter”

It was ten years ago that Nippon Ishin co-leader Baba left his beloved Osaka for his “assignment” in Tokyo. “Instructions” suddenly came from the political party’s Osaka headquarters ordering him to do so. Baba is party co-leader, but he dedicates himself to acting as “mid-level manager” day to day.

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Strength of in-house groups in House of Representatives

The Lower House approved the resignation of Reiwa Shinsengumi representative Yamamoto Taro (Tokyo proportional representation segment) at its plenary session on April 19. Yamamoto has expressed the intent to run in this summer’s Upper House election.   The strength of the House of Representatives in-house groups is now as follows.  

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Japan ruling bloc, DPFP agree to shelve gas tax cut

Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition and the opposition Democratic Party for the People agreed at a meeting of their secretaries-general on Tuesday to skip an emergency gasoline tax cut for now.     The three parties confirmed a policy of continuing discussions to promptly reach a conclusion on whether to unfreeze the so-called trigger clause enabling….Read more

  • April 19, 2022
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Rengo chief Yoshino assures main opposition parties of election cooperation

All national dailies reported on a meeting between Yoshino Tomoko, the head of Rengo, Japan’s largest labor organization, and Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) leader Izumi on Tuesday. Yoshino told reporters afterward that Rengo will cooperate with the CDPJ and the Democratic Party for the People in the Upper House election this summer. Concerning her attendance at a LDP….Read more

  • April 20, 2022
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LDP keen to reach out to labor unions ahead of critical election in summer

TBS reported that the ruling LDP is eager to court labor unions to ensure the ruling party’s victory in the July Upper House race, saying Vice President Aso is the behind-the-scenes architect of the plan to lure Rengo, which has long been been the guardian of the two main opposition parties, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) and the….Read more

  • April 18, 2022
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Japan ruling bloc, DPFP to shelve gas tax cut for now

Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling bloc of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito and the opposition Democratic Party for the People on Tuesday confirmed that the gasoline tax will not be cut at least for now.     As a measure to reduce the impact of oil price spikes, Komeito and the DPFP called for unfreezing the so-called trigger clause….Read more

  • April 19, 2022
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Opposition party leader hints at no-confidence motion against Kishida Cabinet

According to Sunday’s Nikkei, Yomiuri, and Sankei, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) leader Izumi told the press on Saturday that his party may consider submitting to the parliament a no-confidence motion against the Kishida administration if it fails to compile an FY2022 supplementary budget before the current Diet session expires in mid-June. Izumi said: “This cabinet does not deserve….Read more

  • April 17, 2022
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Exclusively defense-oriented policy must be preserved: Komeito leader

At a press conference held on April 12, Komeito leader Yamaguchi Natsuo commented on Japan’s “exclusively defense-oriented policy,” which is based on Article 9 of the Constitution. “The policy is a basic principle that Japan has upheld throughout the postwar period under Article 9, and it must be preserved,” he said. The remark was made in response to calls for….Read more

  • April 13, 2022
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Kishida meets with Abe, Aso, and Nikai

By Nagahara Shingo   On April 10, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio (president of the Liberal Democratic Party) dined with former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, who heads the Abe faction (Seiwa Seisaku Kenkyukai), the LDP’s largest, in Tokyo and discussed issues concerning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well as the Japan-China relationship. On April 11, he also met with LDP Vice….Read more

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