New Socialist Party (NSP) will hold a party congress on February 23 and 24 this
year, which is the 24th National Convention. It has passed 24 years
since the foundation during which all party members have been devoted in political
struggles under severe circumstances. Mass movements to seek for peace, secure
the human rights, and defend and develop the people’s sovereign right face a
turning point in which we should convert the current defensive posture to an offensive
FIGHT JOINTLY FOR COMPREHENSIBLE POLICIES!
coming congress has two tasks; the first is to confirm determination among all
party members to win victory in the April local elections and in the July
elections for the House of Councilors so that the constitution-amendment forces
should not maintain the 2/3 majority of the parliamentary seats in the said
House. Our struggles will lead to thwarting the scheduled surge in the
consumption tax rate in October and to halting the undergoing construction jobs
to build a new military base at Henoko, Okinawa.
all the municipality assemblies across the country are occupied by the
conservatives, or members of the ruling parties. The same is true for mayors
and governors. It is necessary to break through these obstacles as
municipalities are the closest administrative body to inhabitants. To
democratize local politics and enhance citizens’ active participation are major
foundation to change state level politics.
Abe government commits in every attempt to justify the surge of consumption tax
rate. It is keen to economic performance as it characterizes itself as economy-first.
The current administration learns a lot from history, including defeats in the
elections of the incumbent governments in relation with boosting the
consumption tax rate.
the Abe government loses in the elections, its main mission of constitution
amendment will fail. Its foundation will be more vulnerable. They are well
aware of the facts. Under these circumstances, simultaneous elections for both
of the Houses might be declared if prime minister should dissolve the House of
Representatives. Opposition forces must, at least, prepare for such a government’s
NSP maintains a strategy of ‘a federation of political parties’ in the
proportional representation track of the House of Councilors. In the elections
of constituencies the party fields candidates jointly supported by the opposition
forces, in particular, in the constituencies of a single representative. The
NSP has a policy to reduce seats of the constitution-amendment lawmakers who
currently occupy 2/3 in the House of Councilors. Simultaneously we make accelerated
joint efforts together with the opposition forces and civic groups to run
candidates for the House of Representative elections.
must not leave the poor behind
second task is to provide with policies to solve social gaps and poverty
prevailing around us.
workers and pensioners are exposed to crisis in survival. This is a reality
that many of our party members have never experienced. Students are obliged to
work, sacrificing time for study. Young workers are severely debt-ridden as
they have had students’ loans during school days. Regular workers, too, suffer
from competitions and harsh control at the workplaces as well as a practice of long
wages for workers must satisfy a cost of reproduction of labor power. Irregular
workers, however, cannot gain such a level of wages. They cannot afford to get married
– a reality extending broadly in the society. They are left behind in the
society where a rule of self-responsibility is dominant.
win sympathy and fight together!
young people do not, or, cannot, expect good things in political parties and
politics. Workers represent the majority of the society, but they are excluded
from politics. Under the circumstance those who succeed in the elections are
the rich and their clubs, which constitute the minority.
NSP fights for the working population in order to recover democracy which has
been jeopardized. The Japanese society is characterized by an expression, ‘a
hell below the floor board’. People’s anxieties must be removed. The NSP stages
struggles to enhance party’s organizational power and to set up a joint front
of opposition forces, proposing policies on social security and fair taxation.