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Japan dissolves parliament and prepares for elections to test new leaders-national

Japan will dissolve parliament on Thursday and prepare for an election at the end of the month to fight the unpopular opposition in a battle over whether new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida can better resolve the pandemic economy.

Fumio Kishida heralds his goal of maintaining a majority in the House of Representatives for the LDP and Komeito coalition partners, and enjoys reasonable public support 11 days after employment.

Fumio Kishida told reporters in the office, “I want to use the elections to tell people what we are trying to do and what we are aiming for.”

Fumio Kishida looked back on the past 11 days and said, “It was a busy schedule, but strangely I am not tired. I have a sense of fulfillment.”

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Voters will want to see a government planning decisive actions to end the pandemic and rebuild the economy. According to a recent Sankei Shimbun poll, about 48% said they would most like to tackle the coronavirus in the Kishida administration, followed by economic recovery and employment.

This year, the Kishida Party is promoting a vision of promoting coronavirus control, including the supply of oral antivirals, and realizing “new capitalism” focused on economic growth and wealth redistribution.

The ruling party is also calling for a surge in defense spending to gain the ability to destroy ballistic missiles as China’s aggressive stance toward Taiwan grows stronger.

The Constitutional Democratic Party (CDPJ), led by Yukio Edano, the largest opposition, has highlighted issues such as support for same-sex marriage and different names for couples.


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The Liberal Democratic Party remains socially conservative, and although progress has been made on LGBTQ rights in society, Mr Kishida said he was not in favor of same-sex marriage.

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The biggest challenge for the Constitutional Democratic Party is low approval ratings. A recent poll by the Asahi Shimbun found that far below the LDP’s 47%, only 13% planned to vote. Most other votes record support in single digits.

Election campaigns in many districts are already underway, but officially the campaign begins on October 19th and continues to vote on October 31st. Kishida will hold a press conference on Thursday night.

(Report by Antoni Slodkowski, edited by Gerry Doyle)



Japan dissolves parliament and prepares for elections to test new leaders-national

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