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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.

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…

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.

DP to Unite with Koike’s New Party to Fight Ruling Bloc in Coming Poll (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)—Democratic Party leader Maehara Seiji has made up his mind to have the main Japanese opposition party effectively unite with a new party led by popular Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko, in a bid to defeat Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's ruling coalition in the upcoming general election, it was learned on Wednesday. The House of Representatives, the all-important lower chambe…

Koike’s New Party Seeks to “Reset Japan” (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said Wednesday Kibō no Tō (party of hope), a new political party headed by her, will aim to "reset Japan" with bold reforms and politics not constrained by vested interests. "I'm launching Kibō no Tō in order to reset Japan," Koike told a press conference to mark her party's establishment. "Now is the time to be bold and carry out politic…

Tokyo Governor Koike to Lead New National Political Party (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said Monday that she will create and lead a new political party, Kibō no tō (Party of Hope), aiming to engage in national politics while serving as head of the Japanese capital. Under Koike's leadership, the new party is set to take part in the campaign for the expected election in October for the House of Representatives, the lower chamb…

LDP Lawmaker Fukuda to Join Koike Aide’s Planned Party (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 24 (Jiji Press)—Fukuda Mineyuki, state minister of the Cabinet Office, said Sunday that he will quit the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to join a party to be created by an aide to Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko. Fukuda, a House of Representatives lawmaker, is the first LDP member to announce his intention to take part in the new party, which will be launched by Wakasa Masaru, a membe…

Koike Says Market Relocation after June 2018 (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said Monday that the relocation of the aging Tsukiji wholesale food market to the Toyosu district is unlikely to take place at least until after June 2018. "Additional decontamination work (at the Toyosu site in Kōtō) is now expected to end in early June next year and the relocation will happen after that," Koike told a meeting of the Toky…

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