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 chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, is set to be dissolved at its plenary meeting on Thursday. Immediately after the breakup, Abe's cabinet will hold an extraordinary meeting and decide formally to hold a snap general election on October 22, with the official campaign period kicking off on October 10.
"We'll do whatever it takes to end the Abe administration," Maehara said during a visit to Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Wednesday.
"If opposition parties fight separately, we can't win the election," Maehara, who took the DP's presidency early this month, stressed. "We should get together and change politics in Japan."
At a party meeting the same day, a high-ranking DP member said that the party will not field official candidates in the Lower House poll and told party colleagues to instead seek official endorsement by the Koike-led party, Kibō no Tō (party of hope).[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]