parties continue to work earnestly to get united: building up a common electoral
platform to share policies for the coming state level election. The Abe
government, on the other hand, deliberately thwarts contentious points. Candidates
have been fielded successfully in every single-seated constituency. Indignation
of voters to the state’s politics is boiling. What should we do so that the
constitution-amendment lawmakers may not hold 2/3 of seats in the House of
ELECTORAL GROUND MUST BE READY FOR CONSUMOTION TAX AND PENSION PLANS
of the electorate with the Abe government prevails largely, especially on the controversial
paper given by the Finance Examination Council and the Aegis-ashore missile
system deployment issue. Prime Minister Abe Shinzo recently visited the disputed
Northern Territory islands and Iran, giving a political
show of his diplomatic efforts to fail in vain. It is clearly seen that this government
will be compelled to agree to harsh conditions in the trade and deregulation
deals with the United States
in coming autumn.
contentious points in the election have remained vague; it is not only because
of a tactic of the ruling bloc to refuse budget meetings, but also of lack of
coordination of the opposition forces that they could not share common
electoral policies. As for the constitution-amendment drives of the Abe
government, they get successfully united in actions as was seen in the decision
to cancel a bill to revise the Referendum Act in the Constitution Examination
united on pensions and tax, too!
stance of opposition forces towards tax and financial policies, however, is not
firm. Party leaders held June 19 an open discussion meeting and the politicians
accused jointly the finance panel’s report. Nevertheless, they could not get
consolidated on the pension issue. Thus, relevant policies remain in
of the opposition leaders propose a minimally-guaranteed pension amount, opposing
the scheduled hike in the consumption tax rate. They are united to the extent.
Why can’t they demand more, a basic blueprint by which tax money could be spent
on pensions, without surging the tax rate? Combined efforts are needed on the
future of consumption tax rate. Some request ‘freezing’ of hikes. They have
different ideas concerning the proportional taxation on income taxes.
Constitutional Democratic Party (CDP) announced recently the Economic Visions which
clearly says that instead of increasing the consumption tax rate, it is
necessary to modify the existing system to be fairer. The description is highly
evaluated, but the party does not put forward the minimum pension sum that may
guarantee a life of the elderly. Voters are not impressed. Is the party too
nervous with mass media which rigorously warn settlement of financial deficits?
people get together in the street to listen to a speech of a politician, Mr.
Yamamoto Taro, who demands abolition of the consumption tax. One of the CDP candidates
for a proportional representation seat has the same policy. The New Socialist Party
welcomes this trend to extend.
Ishin Group becomes influential across country
troublesome point in the election is that candidates from the Ishin Group, a
rightwing force, are fielded at length in the county. It attempts to win as
many seats as possible both in the constituencies and in the proportional representation
tract. The political group eagerly integrates similar factions, not only the
Osaka-Ishin, but also the Tax-Reduction Japan of Aichi Prefecture, former Party
of Hope of Tokyo and Kanagawa regions, and the New Party Daichi led by Mr.
Suzuku Muneo. Candidates of these links are enrolled in the proportional
should be careful about the situation, judging from facts that the Ishin is
strong in the Osaka
area and that the opposition partnership is not effective as it was in the
preceding elections. The Ishin group attempts to gain sympathy from the
so-called ‘lost generation’ voters and young people: they harshly denounce the
ruling Liberal Democratic Party and repel the opposition bloc, too, as they are
exhausted from routines at workplaces and abstain from voting. They are scantily
exposed to manipulations of the Ishin group.
existing opposition parties are unable to present reliable policies to cope
with imminent poverty. They lack in a language to share with these voters, left
behind in the campaigns. It is imperative, however, to beat down conservative-affiliated
runners in the coming election.
most important task is to reduce the number of seats for pro-amendment
lawmakers. For this purpose let’s concentrate votes to promising candidates in
the multiple-seat constituencies as in the same way as in the single-seated
constituencies. For the proportional representation channel, let’s cast a
ballot for candidates of the Social-Democratic Party.
we succeed in frustrating the government’s plan to rewrite the constitution in
2020, we can save some time to prepare for better conditions politically and