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.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Abe’s tax compromise a win for Komeito

Author: Bloomberg Business

Categories: In the News

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s tax concession to his junior coalition partner is essentially a win for the Komeito party, Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris said in a Bloomberg Business article published December 13. “It was essentially a quid-pro-quo for the party’s acquiescence to the Abe government’s controversial security bills, which sparked tensions between Komeito’s leaders

Tags: , , , , , , , ,