Japan's SDP Struggling to Maintain Status as Party

Politics

Tokyo, June 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan's opposition Social Democratic Party, which has been in a long slump, is on the brink of losing its status as a political party.

The small party's goal in this summer's triennial election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, is to gain 2 or more pct of the vote.

The minimum requirement for a political body to be recognized as a party is to have five or more active lawmakers, or win a vote of 2 or more pct in the most recent election for the Upper House or the House of Representatives.

Currently, there are a total of four SDP lawmakers, two in each of the two chambers of parliament.

The party plans to field seven candidates, three in constituencies and four in proportional representation districts, in the Upper House election. Seiji Mataichi, head of SDP, will not seek reelection.

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