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Abe’s Ruling Coalition Poised to Win Over 300 Seats (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's ruling coalition is poised to win over 300 of the 465 seats in the House of Representatives in the October 22 general election, Jiji Press forecasts showed. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, may get as many as 310 lower house seats together, or two-thirds of the total, the level needed to propose c…

30% Planning to Vote for LDP in October 22 Election: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—A Jiji Press survey found Friday that 30.7% of voters are planning to vote for Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party in the proportional representation blocs of the October 22 House of Representatives election. Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko's Party of Hope came second with support from 11.8%, according to the survey, conducted nationwide for four days th…

Credible Opposition to Japan’s Conservatives Beyond HopeKen Victor Leonard Hijino

Japanese politics is roiling on the surface again, with old parties splintering and new parties emerging at a breathless pace ahead of the 2017 snap general election. But it is doubtful if all of this turmoil will make any substantial difference for the dominance of the conservatives.

Dissolving the House of Representatives: A Powerful Political Tool

The Japanese constitution gives the prime minister the authority to dissolve the House of Representatives, the more powerful of Japan’s two Diet chambers. It is among the premier’s greatest political powers, seen as a means of bringing pivotal agenda issues to a public vote.

Election Season Kicks Off: Parties Line Up for October 22 Contest

On October 10, 2017, the campaigning officially kicked off for the House of Representatives election slated for October 22. So far the election has been spun primarily as a referendum on the performance of the administration of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō. The cards seem stacked against Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, in terms of extending their lead in the lower h…

Koike Declines Request to Run in General Election (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko, leader of the Party of Hope, on Thursday declined a request by her counterpart in the Democratic Party, Maehara Seiji, that she run in the October 22 House of Representatives election. During their talks in Tokyo, Koike said she will discuss with other party founding members the question of who the party should endorse as its candidate for…

Edano, Other DP Liberal Members to Launch New Party (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)—Democratic Party Deputy President Edano Yukio said Monday that he will form a new political party with other liberal members of the DP opposing the party's effective merger into Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko's new party. Some 10 DP members, mainly former lawmakers of the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, are expec…

Creating New Party One Option: DP Edano (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 1 (Jiji Press)—Edano Yukio, deputy president of the Democratic Party, offered the view Sunday that one option is creating a new party toward the October 22 House of Representatives election. "If the DP's philosophy and policies are to change, a decision can be made from various options," Edano said, indicating the possibility of launching a liberal party to bring together candidates…

Koike Yuriko Shakes Up October Election Prospects with Party of Hope

On September 28, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō dissolved the Diet and announced a snap general election to be held on October 22. The sudden appearance of Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko’s new party, Kibō no Tō, or the Party of Hope, has established an entirely new chessboard, with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s pieces arrayed across from the newcomer’s.

Abe’s Comeback and the General Election OutlookTobias Harris

On September 25, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō held a press conference at which he announced that, upon the opening of the autumn extraordinary session of the Diet on September 28, he would dissolve the House of Representatives and call a general election for October 22. The election comes as a surprise after a summer in which Abe’s net approval ratings (based on Japan Political Pulse’s mo…

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