Reiwa Shinsengumi Attracting Attention from Opposition Parties

Politics

Tokyo, July 25 (Jiji Press)--Reiwa Shinsengumi, a Japanese political group launched only recently by actor-turned-politician Taro Yamamoto, is attracting keen attention from existing opposition parties, following its eye-catching performance in Sunday's election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament.

The group is believed to have won support from voters critical of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

"We're in the same direction, confronting the Abe administration," Yukio Edano, leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, said on Sunday.

Democratic Party for the People head Yuichiro Tamaki and Japanese Communist Party chief Kazuo Shii have also praised Reiwa Shinsengumi for its election showing.

The group obtained two Upper House seats, both for candidates with severe disabilities, under the proportional representation system.

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