New opposition parties still lagging behind the LDP—but many voters undecided

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

With four days until the campaign for Japan’s October 22 general election officially begins, the outlook for the vote is still extremely fluid. Polls show significant numbers of undecided voters, but also suggest that Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s newly formed Party of Hope is struggling to connect with independent voters.

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Koike Yuriko Shakes Up October Election Prospects with Party of Hope

Author: Nippon.com Editorial Board

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

On September 28, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō dissolved the Diet and announced a snap general election to be held on October 22. The sudden appearance of Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko’s new party, Kibō no Tō, or the Party of Hope, has established an entirely new chessboard, with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s pieces arrayed across from the newcomer’s.

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JPP: Opposition parties aim for independent voters as campaign season officially begins

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

The last round of polling before the campaign for Japan’s July 10 House of Councillors (HOC) elections officially began today shows that the Abe administration and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) continue to hold a commanding lead that could position them for a significant, if not overwhelming victory. But a number of independents are still undecided, and dissatisfaction with the Abe administration’s economic policies continues to run high, suggesting that there is room for the Democratic Party (DP) to gain at the government’s expense.

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JPP: Abe support strengthens despite ongoing economic dissatisfaction

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s position continues to strengthen, according to recent polls by Kyodo News and the Nikkei. In both cases, it appears that undecided voters may be making up their minds.

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JPP: Abe remains strong ahead of major decisions

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is entering a critical period in the life of his government, with several important decisions and actions coming within the next few months. The good news for him is that opinion polls suggest he is entering this period in a position of strength.

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