INTERVIEW: CDPJ to Campaign on People's Lives in Upper House Election


Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--The main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan will focus on helping people's lives as a key pillar of its platform in the July 21 House of Councillors election, party head Yukio Edano said in a recent interview.

"The largest interest of voters and the most important issue is bringing back a sense of safety to people's lives," Edano said. "We will campaign on the three major platforms of an economy that places importance on family finances, a society that takes pride in diversity, and a democracy which people can feel they are participating in."

It will be the first time for the CDPJ to contest the triennial elections for the upper chamber of parliament. The party was formed in 2017 by defectors from the now-defunct Democratic Party.

Edano said the CDPJ will seek to uphold democratic norms and constitutionalism in the election campaign.

He was critical of the effects which he claims Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration has on the bureaucracy, saying that the supposedly nonpolitical institution has been marred by political influence.

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