INTERVIEW: Voters Face Choice between Stability, Confusion, Komeito Says

Politics

Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--The July 21 House of Councillors election is an opportunity for Japanese voters to choose between stable government and confusion, Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi said in a recent interview.

"As a ruling party, we hope to tackle key challenges at home and abroad after securing government stability," said Yamaguchi, who heads the party that allies with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Komeito shares the election goal presented by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also the LDP's president, who has pledged to get the ruling camp to maintain a majority in the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament.

On the consumption tax hike slated for October, Yamaguchi referred to a related deal in 2012 among the then ruling Democratic Party of Japan, the LDP and Komeito.

He argued that the current opposition to the tax hike by former members of the now-defunct DPJ, including executives of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, is a "great betrayal of the public."

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