CDPJ Chief Urges Preparation for Lower House Election


Tokyo, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)--Yukio Edano, leader of the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, told senior officials of the party's local chapters on Monday to speed up the selection of candidates for a possible election for the House of Representatives this year.

"If the Lower House is dissolved, we're determined to respond to the challenge," Edano said at a meeting of the CDPJ's local leaders and election campaign managers.

Edano issued the instruction after ruling coalition executives suggested recently the possibility of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolving the Lower House for an election on the same day as the triennial election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, this summer.

"Whenever (the prime minster) loses patience and dissolve (the Lower House), we will work hard to make big strides and change the political current in a significant way," Edano said.

As a strategy for the unified local elections in April and the Upper House election, he urged local officials to approach a group of voters who feel a sense of distrust in existing politics and have avoided voting, seeing them as a "new market."

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