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Hello! This will be the second attempt at the 2005 to the Present Japan RP starting from the end of the Sep 11, 2005 election up until the present and beyond. I will be posting faction and party information in the next few posts. Stay tuned 🙂

 

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The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)

自由民主党, Jiyū-Minshutō

After a landslide victory, the LDP along with its coalition partner, the New Komeito, currently holds an absolute Majority in the House of Representatives.

Though the party leader supports privatization of most industries, a large faction within the LDP supports state-ownership of key industries and opposes the neo-liberal economic policies of Prime Minister Koizumi. The party is the most right-wing and conservative party in Japan, and is still the most popular. Nevertheless, because of its status as the ruling party, it is marred by various special interests pushing for government patronage. The LDP has also been troubled by financial scandals throughout the years.

Unlike the other parties, the LDP did not espouse a well-defined ideology or political philosophy. Its members held a variety of positions that could be broadly defined as being to the right of the opposition parties, yet more moderate than those of Japan's numerous rightist splinter groups. The LDP traditionally identified itself with a number of general goals: rapid, export-based economic growth; close cooperation with the United States in foreign and defense policies; and several newer issues, such as administrative reform. Administrative reform encompassed several themes: simplification and streamlining of government bureaucracy; privatization of state-owned enterprises; and adoption of measures, including tax reform, needed to prepare for the strain on the economy posed by an aging society. Other priorities in the early 1990s included promoting a more active and positive role for Japan in the rapidly developing Asia-Pacific region, internationalizing Japan's economy by liberalizing and promoting domestic demand, creating a high technology information society, and promoting scientific research. A business-inspired commitment to free enterprise was tempered by the insistence of important small business and agricultural constituencies on some form of protectionism.

 

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LDP Factions

Kochikai

Mitsuo Horiuchi

In terms of policy, in the area of security, it has a dove-like tendencies while emphasizing the Japan-U.S. relationship. In the 2003 presidential election, the faction split into a pro-Koizumi faction led by Horiuchi and an anti-Koizumi faction led by former Secretary General Koga. In 2004 after a cold shoulder during a cabinet reshuffle, the faction became increasingly anti-Koizumi. It is more critical to Koizumi and more reformist and pro-Chinese. It is moderate on internal and foreign affairs but more conservative and critical to Mr. Koizumi but still moderately nationalist, and more successful than the section led by Kato. This faction historically has been the most prestigious faction, with many of its members drawn from the upper-ranks of the elite bureaucracy. Supported by the bureaucracy, white-collar workers, doctors, small merchants and small factory people. This faction led economic development from 1960 to 1988. They promote international cooperation with China and Korea, a government bond/Consumption Tax for National Medical care and National Banks which financially support small firms, as well as Free trade Policy.

Kochikai (Tanigaki faction)

Sadakazu Tanigaki

Founded in 1957, the Kōchikai was one of the oldest and largest factions of the LDP It split in 2000 after faction leader Kōichi Katō led a failed rebellion against Yoshirō Mori 's party and government leadership. The few remaining Katō followers then formed the smaller Kōchikai as the Katō faction. In 2002 Sadatoshi Ozato took over the presidency, followed in 2005 by Sadakazu Tanigaki. More moderate on internal and foreign affairs and in terms of nationalism than the Kochikai and Seiwa Seisaku Kenkyūkai factions.

Heisei Kenkyūkai

Yūji Tsushima

The faction is known for its strong stance on defense and Okinawa issues, as Ryutaro Hashimoto, a former member of the faction, was instrumental in the Futenma base relocation issue. Supported by local farmers, the construction industry, blue-collar workers, the defense industry, Japan Post workers, and discriminated village peoples. It is a Keynesian, right-liberal and pro-China faction.It has strong influence on bureaucrats. Ex-PM Hashimoto and the entire faction were hit with a scandal where the faction had apparently taken money from the Japan Dental Association. Hashimoto resigned as chairman of the faction in 2004 and retired from politics the following year. This faction led economic development from 1960 to 1988. They promote international cooperation with China and Korea, a Gasoline Tax, construction of Highways/Shinkansen (Bullet Train), and protection of small farmers, Japan Post workers and discriminated peoples. as prime minister.

Atarashii Nami

Toshihiro Nikai

From their website,

The national image we are aiming for is "dignified and strong Japan. "

 The first of the key points is "Vitalizing Japan". Vitality is not only a source of welfare but also a premise of administrative reform. By maintaining the vitality of Japan together with the people while maintaining its position as an economic power, we will build Japan with a strong sense of dynamism.

 Second, I want to be a "nation that is respected" by the countries of the world. We Japanese are trying to lose sight of the historical and traditional Japanese nationality in the vague sense of anxiety about the future. Based on the tradition and history of our country, we will fulfill our responsibilities in all fields such as world peace and culture, and aim to become a nation that is respected by the world.

 The third is a "supporting society." As a mature democracy, we must build a truly prosperous society in which each and every one of us is independent, respects others, and cooperates and helps each other.

  The policy group "New Wave" has now overcome the waves of Manri and has a frontier spirit like "Takusei" Benzyo Yoda, who once devoted his life to the development of the Tokachi Plain in Hokkaido. Inheriting the spirit of Yoda, we pledge to move forward with the aim of creating a "dignified and strong Japan."

First vibrant nation

 The "new wave" will rebuild the "vibrant Japanese economy" based on the "economic growth strategy outline".

 The Japanese economy has finally escaped from the "lost decade" and is on a steady economic growth trajectory. However, there are many challenges that must be overcome, such as the rapidly declining birthrate and aging population, intensifying international competition, huge budget deficits, and anxiety about the social security system.

 For this reason, we will steadily implement measures based on the "Economic Growth Strategy Charter" such as the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises, and realize economic growth of 2.2% or more in real terms over the next 10 years. As a result, per capita national income will increase by 30% in 10 years. In addition, each region will make the best use of its characteristics, and strategically promote the development of regional industries and the development of necessary social capital so that a rich national land can be formed as a whole . Furthermore, for the future of children, we will promote integrated revenue and expenditure reforms and rebuild our finances . Through these, we clearly promise to the people that there is a bright future for Japan beyond the reforms.

1 Economic policy

In order to realize affluent national life, stable social welfare, and fiscal consolidation, it is necessary to have an economic strategy that continues to develop in the face of headwinds such as a declining population, a drastic decrease in the youth labor force, and a tight energy supply and demand. To that end, we would like to promote an economic growth policy that focuses on strengthening growth potential and competitiveness. It is necessary for each citizen and each company and industry to increase their productivity. In other words, it is about improving the abilities of each and every citizen and creating a society where hard-working efforts are rewarded with evaluations and rewards. It is important for companies to make new efforts and to reform the economic system that leads to .                                                          

 In particular, we will proactively implement industrial promotion measures including human resource measures (human resources nation) that are said to be "people are goods" including educational reform, science and technology policies that create innovation (science and technology nation), and tax reform. Promote. In particular, we will raise the evaluation and position of small and medium-sized enterprises that are the source of competitiveness, technical high schools that have trained human resources to support manufacturing, and technical colleges. A wide range of fields such as tourism, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and commerce will also develop detailed industrial policies to play a part in economic growth. Furthermore, we will strategically develop social capital as a foundation to support economic growth and to improve international competitiveness, and actively develop a wide range of energy diplomacy for the stable supply of resource energy. At the same time, we will promote nuclear power generation, which is a clean energy source. Furthermore, a national movement to develop new energy and promote energy conservation will be launched.

(1) Strengthening growth potential

 Aim for high economic growth by achieving a full-scale escape from deflation. Specifically, people (human resources), goods (production means), money (funds), tricks (technology / intellectual property), and chie (management power / utilization of various resources) listed in the "Economic Growth Strategy Charter" We will fully support measures to strengthen competitiveness in these five fields and rebuild a "strong Japanese economy."

 In particular, in order to realize a "human resources nation," we will enhance practical education to cultivate the abilities required in the real world, build a system that allows individuals to choose various ways of living and working, and maximize their abilities, and young people. Promote global human resources exchange, promote employment of young people, and reuse the abilities of the elderly.

 In addition, from the perspective of emphasizing innovation and strengthening the international competitiveness of the economy, we will steadily implement the "Third Science and Technology Basic Plan" (decided by the Cabinet on March 28, 2006) to become a science and technology nation. Aiming to realize a "world innovation center" based on the above. Therefore, we will promote research and market bidirectional approaches, strengthen industry-academia-government collaboration, develop cancer control technology, robots, and put next-generation automobiles, ultra-high-speed ships, and next-generation aircraft into practical use in land, sea, and air. Promote new innovation projects that give people dreams and confidence.

(2) WTO strengthens economic partnership in Asia

We aim to strengthen the open trade system so that Japan can become a vibrant nation.

Aiming to conclude the WTO Doha Round, which is currently suspended, as soon as possible, we will actively develop economic diplomacy to resume negotiations. At that time, the highest priority is to meet the expectations of many developing countries. Furthermore, we will promote efforts for APEC as a regional alliance. Taking advantage of "Asia's dynamism," we aim to expand high-quality Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) that include investment rules and intellectual property protection across East Asia, including India and Australia. In addition, we will do our utmost to realize the East Asian OECD concept in order to build an international system with policy proposals and research and analysis functions related to trade, investment, industry, energy, environment, etc. in the Asian region. At the same time, we will further promote direct investment in Japan, and promote institutional infrastructure reform, public infrastructure development, and JETRO that will contribute to the development of Asia through economic cooperation.

(3) Realization of a 21st century intellectual property nation

Beyond a mere application powerhouse, we will build a 21st century-style intellectual property strategy and intellectual property powerhouse that organically combines patents, know-how, design, brands, contents, etc., and enhance the international competitiveness of Japanese companies. Strengthen.

For this reason, we will provide the world's highest level of rapid and accurate patent examination, realize a patent system, thoroughly implement measures against counterfeit products worldwide, and support human resource development in developing countries. In addition, small and medium-sized enterprises in Japan with various cheers and tricks will promote regional brand promotion and mutual support for patent acquisition by universities and small and medium-sized enterprises in order to utilize intellectual property as the core of regional revitalization. ..

(4) Promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises

SMEs are the supporters of the economy and employment in each region. In areas where economic recovery is delayed compared to large cities, based on the wisdom and motivation of small and medium-sized enterprises, domestic resources such as excellent technology, agriculture, forestry and fishery products, historical culture, etc. possessed by each area are utilized. We strongly support the creation of new businesses that can compete in the outside market.

In addition, through support for technological development and human resource development, we will further promote the competitiveness of manufacturing SMEs, which are the source of the strengths of Japan's manufacturing industry.

Based on the revision of the Three Town Development Laws, we will focus on supporting small and medium-sized retailers who are working to revitalize the central city area in order to promote the town development that is full of energy.

Furthermore, we will expand measures for supporting start-ups and ventures, and for the international expansion of SMEs into Asia. In addition, the tax system that will lead to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises will be strengthened, and the personal guarantee system related to financing of small and medium-sized enterprises will be reviewed. Realize policy-based financial reforms that truly benefit SMEs.

 (5) Promotion of agriculture, forestry and fisheries

As global food demand is expected to be tight, in order to increase the potential of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry, the scale of management will be expanded centered on the development of ambitious management bodies, management will be shared, and diversification will be promoted. Strengthen the competitiveness of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry through diversification and compounding.

On the other hand, since small-scale part-time agriculture, forestry and fishermen support the production of local agriculture, forestry and fisheries including paddy field cultivation and the local community, we will strive to realize measures such as securing employment opportunities and improving village functions. In addition, we will strengthen the financial subsidy policy and mechanism to promote agriculture, forestry and fishery products and food exports by promoting branding of products through technological development and protection and utilization of intellectual property, appropriate management of fishery resources and promotion of fisheries to grow and grow. .. Through these things, we will shift from the defensive agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry to the courageous agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry that will take on international challenges.

(6) Promotion of strategic public works

 We will conduct a comprehensive inspection of the national land, formulate a flexible national land plan based on the ideal state of the region under the declining population, and strategically promote public works projects. At that time, the ocean will be recognized as a national land resource, and the interests in the ocean and coastal areas will be secured, utilized and preserved from a new perspective.

Next-generation projects such as roads and harbors that contribute to the self-sustaining development of the region, urban regeneration, urban infrastructure development in the aging era, construction of safe areas in preparation for disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and floods, and formation of beautiful landscapes. Create a land that can be inherited by. In addition to promoting Okinawa, special consideration will be given to the development of transportation facilities and living conditions comparable to those of the mainland, such as the construction of new airports on remote islands such as Ogasawara. Furthermore, from the perspective of international exchange, we will promote the enhancement of the functions of metropolitan hub airports and consider the ideal way of "Third Capital Area Airport". 

In order to carry out these efficiently and intensively, we will review the single-year principle of the budget system.

(7) Strengthening international logistics

Rationalization and efficiency of transportation are indispensable elements for increasing Japan's economic growth. By 2010, at the Super Hub Port Project, we will reduce the port cost by 30% and the lead time by 50% by increasing the size of the port facilities, computerization, and full-opening 24 hours a day, and leapfrog the international competitiveness of the port. To improve. We will hurry to improve the functions of ports that will serve as gateways for Asia, improve the road network that connects directly to ports and airports, and build a unified logistics network in Japan and overseas. Furthermore, we will materialize high-speed maritime transportation by TSL, etc., and aim to semi-domesticize transportation with neighboring Asian countries. Aim to operate air freight transportation 24 hours a day.

 

(8) Resource Energy-Efficiency and stable supply of utilization

 Amid intensifying international competition for resource energy and the need to respond to global warming issues, we will promote energy conservation measures and secure energy security based on the "New National Energy Strategy" (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) . And to solve the energy and environment in an integrated manner. From this point of view, we will actively work on nuclear power generation, increase the ratio of nuclear power generation to 40% or more in 2030 from about 30%, and steadily gain the understanding of local residents in the nuclear fuel cycle. Make progress.

Furthermore, while actively promoting the introduction of new energies such as bio-ethanols and fuel cells, the Japan Petroleum and Natural Gas Metals and Mineral Resources Organization (JOGMEC) will be strengthened to support and promote exploration and development projects of Japanese companies.

In addition, in order to widely recognize that Japan is a small energy country, deepen the understanding of new energy, and enlighten that energy saving has the same value as energy production, next-generation energy parks will be set up nationwide. Install about 10 places in.

2 Administrative and financial reform

 We will revise the current state of public finance, which has postponed the burden on future generations, restore the balance between benefits and burdens between generations, and establish sustainable and sound finances. This is our responsibility to the children of the future . Administrative and financial reforms have not waited for young people to believe and have hope that Japan will continue to be a vibrant nation in the future. At that time, it is basic that the two wheels of the car are the increase in tax revenue and the integrated reform of expenditure and revenue according to the Economic Growth Strategy Charter.

 For this reason, as stated in the "Basic Policy on Economic and Fiscal Management and Structural Reform 2006," the primary balance will be balanced in fiscal 2011, and the debt-to-GDP ratio will be reduced steadily thereafter. At that time, with regard to expenditures, waste and inefficiency of administration will be thoroughly eliminated through the national and local governments. In addition, with regard to revenue, based on the vow that it will not leave a mark on future generations, we will further deepen public discussions on the future of consumption tax, with a view to taxation for welfare purposes, applicable tax rate, introduction time, etc. It will be decided based on national agreement. At the same time, the tax system such as income tax and corporate tax will be reviewed from the viewpoint of responding to the declining birthrate and aging population and strengthening international competitiveness.

Second respected people

 The policy group "New Wave" aims to become a "nation respected by the world".

Looking back on the history of the Japanese people, who have been highly acclaimed around the world, it is important to devote themselves to the "rich country strong soldiers" of the Meiji era and the "economic recovery and high growth" after the war. Was done. Japan must fulfill its mission as a country that fulfills its responsibilities for world peace and development, and as a country that has a strong presence in terms of culture, politics, environment, and economic cooperation . For this reason, we will return to the origins of nation-building human resources such as the Constitution and education, and clarify the way of life of Japanese people in the new era inside and outside the country. 

(9) Amendment of the Constitution that asks what the country should be

 A sincere political attitude that takes responsibility for the state of this country is what is required of politicians who are responsible for post-Koizumi, and it is the responsibility of each of us politicians.

The Liberal Democratic Party's first draft constitutional amendment still has room for clear discussions, including the preamble, the right of collective self-defense, the relationship between the public and the people, the relationship between the national and local governments, and the provisions related to the single-year budget principle. be. From this point of view, it is necessary to urgently proceed with internal discussions within the party and widely seek the intentions of the people. The purpose of the referendum bill will be limited to constitutional amendment and will be passed promptly.

(10) Education reform and promotion of culture and sports

 At the next Diet session, we aim to enact a bill to revise the Fundamental Law of Education. In response to the enactment, the School Education Law, the Course of Study, and other laws and regulations will be revised, and new legislation will be used to drastically rebuild the educational content and system. Especially in school education, by emphasizing basic education and science education, we always aim to secure the world's top level academic ability and foster young people who are strong both physically and mentally. In addition, the teacher training system will be revised to improve the qualifications of teachers.

The "Agency for Cultural Affairs" will be reorganized and strengthened into the "Agency for Cultural Affairs" to inherit and develop culture and traditions, expand the base of national sports, and provide financial support to athletes who are active in the world .

(11) Promotion of security policy based on the Japan-US alliance

 Based on the unwavering Japan-US alliance, we will build a crisis management system that can respond to the diversifying security environment, promote international cooperation, and fulfill our international responsibilities to create peace.   

First, we will do our utmost to enact the Ministry of Defense promotion bill in the next Diet session.

We will establish defense capabilities that can respond to any situation, such as the launch of missiles by North Korea and the threat of international terrorist organizations, and ensure the true security of our country. To that end, we will strengthen diplomatic power, information gathering system and capacity, such as enhancing the necessary organizations.

Regarding human contributions to world peace, we will actively participate in the framework of collective security centered on the United Nations, take on international responsibilities and roles, and under strict civilian control, the right of collective self-defense. Can be exercised. In order to strengthen the Japan-US security system, we will steadily implement the necessary measures for the reorganization of the US military with the understanding of the people.

(12) Promotion of international contribution and peaceful diplomacy

 Promote peaceful diplomacy through international cooperation and actively contribute to world peace and stability. In particular, in addition to actively implementing peacekeeping operations, humanitarian reconstruction assistance activities, and international emergency assistance activities for large-scale disasters, ODA (Official Development Assistance) is promoted mainly from the perspective of contributing to environmental measures and conflict prevention. do.

 Japan also needs to play a role on the world stage with the trust and support of Asian countries. Recognizing that Japan is a member of Asian countries, we will deepen friendship and coexistence based on the relationships of trust we have built with Asian countries including ASEAN countries. Furthermore, regarding "differences in historical awareness" with China and South Korea, we will encourage research by specialized institutions, including third parties, deepen mutual understanding and trust, and strive to stabilize political relations with neighboring countries.

 Diplomacy is international politics itself and cannot be dealt with by an administrative agency. The Liberal Democratic Party, which is the responsible ruling party, will establish the "Diplomatic Strategy Promotion Council" (tentative name) as an organization under the direct control of the Governor, and will promptly establish a system for formulating omnidirectional political, comprehensive, and medium- to long-term diplomatic strategies. This is an urgent issue.

(13) Realization of a tourism-oriented country

The Basic Law for Promotion of Tourism Nation was enacted at an early stage, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism established the Japan Tourism Agency.

By establishing and unifying the promotion of tourism administration, we will strengthen the international competitiveness of the tourism industry and reach 10 million foreign tourists by 2010, and 40 million by 2030 (similar to Italy today). It aims to. We will expand the necessary support measures so that we can create a city that is integrated with the traditional culture of the area, the cityscape and the seaside landscape, and create a community.

In addition, in order to aim for a new leap in the tourism industry, we will re-discover the attractiveness of each region's industry, agriculture, natural environment, content materials, etc., which have not always been integrated with tourism promotion, and mobilize all of them. It is important to do. For this reason, we will support the united efforts of the region to improve the attractiveness of local tourism materials, such as new challenges for industrial tourism, agritourism, and ecotourism.

(14) Conservation of the global environment and establishment of the "Global Environment Council" at the United Nations

 In order to prevent global warming, we will work on the development of environmental technology and improvement of the system, and every time there is an opportunity for superpowers such as "America", "China", "Brazil" and "India" to participate within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol. Continuing to request is also an important mission of our country. In addition, in order to raise public awareness of environmental issues affecting the atmosphere, the earth, lakes and marshes, and the ocean, we will promote the enhancement of environmental education and the 3Rs .

Japan has abundant environmental countermeasure technologies and know-how based on its track record of overcoming serious pollution problems. In the future, we will further enhance this, fully cooperate in solving global environmental problems such as global warming, and advocate and promote the establishment of the "Global Environment Council" in the United Nations. We will play a leading role in solving environmental problems.

(15) Realization of a content powerhouse

The content industry such as movies, animations, and games has a high economic ripple effect and is indispensable for transmitting the Japan brand to the world, and is an industry with infinite possibilities. We will actively support the international expansion of Japan's world-class content by holding the "International Content Carnival". In particular, we will strengthen international cooperation and cooperation, including Asian countries and Europe and the United States, which are advanced content countries, to expand the international content market, and promote international personnel exchanges and joint production.

In addition, we will enhance support for Internet distribution of content, contribute to the development of the content industry for the new leap of the Japanese economy, and aim for an international market of over 20 trillion yen in the next 10 years.

Third Supporting Society

 The policy group "New Wave" aims to be a "society in which all people support each other."

 Japan was an egalitarian society rarely seen in the world. The fruits of high economic miracle have been distributed relatively fairly due to the increase in worker income and the enhancement of welfare through public finance. Opportunities to challenge each other's dreams were also equal.

It is argued that structural reform may have brought about a "gap." Although not always statistically proven, it is also true that the number of people receiving livelihood protection is increasing and there is a gap between urban and rural areas in economic recovery. In addition, young people in the "employment ice age" are left behind as freeters. The social security system leaves concerns for the younger generation when looking at the relationship between benefits and burdens. It is necessary to build a system that supports each other in society as a whole, both in response to the declining birthrate and in ensuring safety related to daily life.

(16) Social security system reform

 Regarding social security such as pensions, medical care, and long-term care, we will strive to maintain the sustainability of the system by giving consideration to ensuring the intergenerational balance of burdens and benefits and financial soundness, based on the principle of "self-help, mutual assistance, and public assistance." In particular, the postponement of the burden on future generations will be strictly suppressed.

 We will secure stable financial resources such as consumption tax in response to the fact that the national treasury burden ratio of the basic pension will be raised to half by FY2009. In order to maintain the medical insurance system, we will review the medical fee system that provides appropriate medical services, correct long-term hospitalization, and foster the generic drug market. Regarding long-term care, we will strengthen long-term care prevention and strive to improve the community care system.

(17) 10-year plan for measures against "cancer" and "cardiovascular disease"

 Of the total annual death toll of 1 million, 320,000 have died from "cancer" such as lung cancer and stomach cancer, and 300,000 have "cardiovascular disease", both of which are lifestyle-related diseases and national diseases. It's been a long time since I was told.

It is said that these affected people will continue to increase geometrically due to lifestyle changes and aging, and politics should take heavy responsibility to face these national challenges head-on.

 For this reason, we will systematically and comprehensively work on promotion of research including clinical application research such as prevention, diagnosis, treatment method and development of medical equipment and improvement of quality of medical institutions, and "cancer measures" and "cardiovascular disease measures". And "Countermeasures against all lifestyle-related diseases" 10 -year plans must be formulated immediately. Of course, these should be reviewed in five years. Based on these achievements, we will do our utmost to halve lifestyle-related diseases in the next 10 years and build a society that enables lifelong design in the 90-year era of healthy longevity.

(18) Enhancement of measures against declining birthrate

 There is no decisive factor in measures against the declining birthrate, and it is necessary to mobilize all means. While re-questioning the importance of connecting families and lives, we will double the child-rearing-related expenses in social security-related expenses, increase the budget for measures against the declining birthrate, and actively work on measures against the declining birthrate, such as expanding the child-rearing support tax system. In order to facilitate the advancement of women into society, we will enhance the system for returning to work after childbirth and childcare, and develop various daycare centers that correspond to the actual employment situation.

In order to solve the shortage of doctors in rural areas, especially in pediatrics and obstetrics, we will consider obliging medical graduates to engage in medical care in rural areas for a certain period of time and giving preferential treatment to doctors working in areas where there is a shortage of doctors.

(19) Building a society where you can always take on challenges

 In order for our society and economy to maintain stability and increase vitality in the future, we will do our utmost to ensure equal opportunity and secure a social safety net so that all motivated people can take on challenges. Focus on it. 

 To that end, in the field of education, we will endeavor to support scholarships and expand low-interest loan systems so that children can receive the maximum education they desire, regardless of the financial situation of their parents . Therefore, we will thoroughly repay the scholarships we received. In addition, we will expand support for re -enrollment in universities and vocational schools for motivated working people to advance their careers .

 In the labor field, we will review the new graduate recruitment system and provide balanced treatment between regular and non-regular employees to enable diverse work styles. We will expand employment support such as promoting support for returning to work after temporary leave of employment due to marriage or childbirth of women, and capacity development for freeter NEETs. In addition, the personal guarantee system related to SME financing will be reviewed, and a safety net will be established, such as the establishment and expansion of various financing methods for starting a business, and the establishment of consultation desks for various problems.

(20) Promotion of "food education" measures

 Food is the source of human life and has a considerable influence on personality formation through the food culture of homes and regions. Based on this recognition, we will promote multifaceted "food education" measures at home, school, and local communities. We will ensure food safety and quality by strengthening the check system for imported foods and providing information on production history .

(21) Ensuring the safety of the people

 In order to ensure the safety of people's lives and manage crises, such as crime countermeasures including terrorism, information security-measures, and disaster countermeasures, we will increase the number of security and disaster prevention related staff and strengthen their functions. In addition, we will strengthen the cooperation of "three houses on both sides" on a daily basis to enhance the mutual aid system for local residents in an emergency and the contact / rescue system in the event of a disaster. Furthermore, in order to prevent disasters, we will systematically carry out projects such as mountain restoration, hydraulic engineering, and coastal activities, and strengthen the system to protect the lives and property of the people from natural disasters under the public responsibility.

(22) Building a society that utilizes the vitality of the region

 We will further promote the construction of systems and systems with administrative and financial power that allow each region to provide unique administrative services at its own discretion. Therefore, in the end, with a view to introducing a doshusei system, we will promote the merger of cities, towns and villages, and in the process, we will also make the merger and coalition of prefectures an option, drastically review the operations of the national and local governments, and include the local allocation tax. We will proceed with the examination of the ideal financial base. At the same time, we will revitalize the central city area, promote the realization of a compact city that is highly convenient for the elderly, and revitalize the local community through NPO activities.

Seiwa Seisaku Kenkyūkai

Yoshirō Mori

While pro-U.S. in tone, the faction is relatively hawkish, advocating an independent constitution and constitutional revision and actively seeking rearmament. During the Cold War, it had its own personal connections in the Republic of Korea and Republic of China (Taiwan) as a reflection of its anti-communist orientation. On the other hand, Takeo Fukuda, the founder, and, former Prime Minister of Japan as well as his son Yasuo Fukuda, were influential pro-China figures, concluding the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty when Takeo was prime minister, even after his retirement from the prime minister's office, he held frequent informal talks with China, so he is not necessarily an anti-Chinese Communist faction. Generally hawkish, but also takes a doves' stance on economic policy. It is a pro-classical economics, nationalist (it includes many Japanese Neoconservatives) and conservative faction.. Supported by the Japan Business Federation, established bureaucracy, Japan War-Bereaved Families Association. This faction promotes decreasing taxes for high income taxpayers and large companies, maintaining a strong alliance with the United States, visits to Yasukuni Shrine in order to garner support from nationalist voters without any special interest payments, reforming the constitution to support a standing military, free trade for car exports, and gradual privatization of Japan Post.

Shisuikai

Bunmei Ibuki

In the dispute over the postal privatization initiated by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, the Shisuikai lost some members who opposed the privatization, including the then faction leader Shizuka Kamei. Ibuki, the acting chairman who had voted in favor of the postal privatization bill, was nominated as the faction's next representative, but due to opposition within the faction, he has not been officially appointed. It has a hawkish flavor due to the influence of Masakuni Murakami, and was distinct from the pro-U.S. conservative Seiwa Seisaku Kenkyukai and the dove-leaning Koikekai. In the economy, many members of the House of Representatives opposed the no-sanctuary structural reforms promoted by Junichiro Koizumi in opposition to the vote on the privatization of the postal service. Ibuki, who was a former bureaucrat in the Ministry of Finance, has shown an emphasis on fiscal discipline. In national defense, foreign affairs, and domestic politics, after the Seiwa Kenkyukai split under the influence of Takeo Hiranuma, the number of supporters of constitutional reform, hard-liners against North Korea, and opponents of the Foreign Human Rights Defense Bill has increased, and the Buraku Liberation League has been gaining ground, with high participation in the Diet Members Caucus, which advocates against the Human Rights Defense Bill, and in the Roundtable Conference for the True Protection of Human Rights In agricultural policy, Shoichi Nakagawa and Toshikatsu Matsuoka switched from the traditional agricultural policy of protectionism to "aggressive agriculture" and "aggressive agriculture, forestry and fisheries" with reference to the measures taken by Shingo Mimura , the governor of Aomori Prefecture, to promote Economic partnership agreement. Kaoru Yosano was a fiscal reformer and the spearhead of the tax hike faction It is considered by many to be the most right-wing grouping among the major factions, though it is Keynesian and Right liberal in general and pro-international cooperation.

Kinmirai Seiji Kenkyūkai

Taku Yamasaki

When the faction was first formed, it was enthusiastic about constitutional reform, and in the past, all faction members have published books on constitutional reform and policies. Moderate in general, conservative and aggressive with China and North Korea on Foreign Issues.

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The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)

民主党, Minshutō

The 2005 snap parliamentary elections called by Junichiro Koizumi in response to the rejection of his Japan Post privatization bill saw a major setback to the DPJ's plans of obtaining a majority in the Diet. The DPJ leadership, particularly Okada, had staked their reputation on winning the election and driving the LDP from power. When the final results were in, the DPJ had lost 62 seats, mostly to its rival the LDP, which had been steadily losing seats for many years. Despite this electoral setback, the Democratic Party remains the primary rival of the ruling Liberal Democrats and their coalition partner New Komeito, although it is now significantly weakened.

The Democratic Party claim themselves to be revolutionary in that they are against the status quo and the current governing establishment. The Democratic Party argues that the bureaucracy of the Japanese government size is too large, inefficient, and saturated with cronies and that the Japanese state is too conservative and stiff. The Democratic Party wants to "overthrow the ancient régime locked in old thinking and vested interests, solve the problems at hand, and create a new, flexible, affluent society which values people's individuality and vitality."

The Democratic Party argues that a free market economic system is favorable for Japanese people's welfare. The claim is that they represent "citizens, taxpayers and consumers”, not seeking to favor either free market or the welfare state and see the government's role as limited to building the necessary system for self-reliant and independent individuals.

The Democratic Party seeks to introduce transparency of government and a decentralization of government agencies to local organizational structures including to let citizens themselves provide former government services and have a society with more just and fair rules. The Democratic party proclaims to hold the values in the meaning of the constitution to "embody the fundamental principles of the Constitution: popular sovereignty, respect for fundamental human rights, and pacifism”, having an international-policy of non-intervention and mutual coexistence and to restore the world's trust in Japan.

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Isshin-kai

Ichiro Ozawa

It was formed on June 16, 2004 mainly by first- to third-term Lower House members who support Ozawa. In terms of policy, many of the former Liberal Party members were right-wing and neo-liberal during the former Liberal Party period, but this tendency has faded as Ozawa's policies have changed and new members have been recruited from various positions in the process. Like Ozawa, they tended to make clear their opposition to the LDP in the run-up to elections, and were often at odds with the Maehara and Noda groups, which took a counterproposal line.

Seiken Kōyaku o Jitsugen suru Kai

Yukio Hatoyama

The group meets regularly every Thursday at Hatoyama's private office, and aims to operate with a high level of transparency, such as by paying for all food and beverages. Since its inception, the party has been the largest force in the party, thanks to the inclusion of Diet members from the former New Frontier Party and members of the Seikensenryakukenkyūkai, which is also conservative, as well as the backing of the Minsha Kyōkai. However, many of Hatoyama's close associates, including Banri Kaieda, lost their elections in the 44th general election for the House of Representatives in 2005

Seikensenryakukenkyūkai

Tsutomu Hata

It was formed based on a group of conservative and dovish lawmakers. Initially, the group's goal was to secure a voice within the party, with the ultimate goal of having its leader, Hata, reappointed as prime minister. Its support can swing a DPJ Presidential Election in any direction. Together with the Seiken Kōyaku o Jitsugen suru Kai, it has served as a receptacle for conservative lawmakers from the former New Frontier Party, but many of them have also moved to the Seiken Kōyaku o Jitsugen suru Kai. The party has had many members leave the party, especially when the New Conservative Party was formed and other prominent members left the party. However, it is on the decline as Hata will eventually retire from politics.

Kaseikai

Yoshihiko Noda

It was established as a group of young neo-conservative and conservative members of the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management within the DPJ in the wake of the DPJ's representative election in September 2002. In terms of policy, the group is said to take pride in its ability to formulate policies, and was the first group to advocate a so-called "line of opposition. Neo-conservative tendencies can also be seen. Many of its members are graduates of the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management. Since the Ryōun-kai - Kaseikai  factions often worked together in representative elections, they were sometimes referred to as the Ryōun-kai - Kaseikai in the media.

Ryōun-kai

Seiji Maehara

It was established as a conservative group within the DPJ following the DPJ's representative election in September 2002. In terms of foreign policy, as represented by Maehara, the party's leading diplomat and security commentator, many of the DPJ members take a pragmatic diplomatic line based on the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty as a whole. Maehara and Edano often advocate the Chinese threat from the perspective of diplomacy and even human rights, and Edano is known for his passionate commitment to the Tibetan issue through the Diet Members Caucus for the Tibetan Problem. In addition, Edano and Sengoku have deep personal connections with Taiwan's DPP through the Japan-Taiwan Parliamentarians for Friendship. For these various reasons, while advocating stronger relations with Asian countries such as China and South Korea, they are distinctly different from the so-called pro-China camp in their relations with China. In domestic policy, many of the members are reformists of the third way or neoliberalism in economic policy, advocating selection and concentration of old-style public works projects with an emphasis on market discipline, and a review of agricultural policy with an eye toward free trade. Its members are mainly from the business world, including the mass media, the government, and the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management.

Noda, who supported Maehara in the September 2002 presidential election and was the catalyst for the formation of the Ryōun-kai, did not participate in the Ryōun-kai, but instead runs his own group. In terms of policy, Noda's group is more conservative and does not necessarily share the same arguments. However, the Noda group and the Ryounkai group share some common economic policies and foreign policy lines, and because of their positions within the DPJ, such as their backgrounds and ages, and the closeness of their political approaches, such as the so-called "politics and money" issue and the opposition line in the Diet, they often worked together as a policy group. For this reason, the two groups were sometimes referred to collectively as the Ryōun-kai - Kaseikai.

 

Minsha Kyōkai

Tatsuo Kawabata

It created after the dissolution of the Democratic Socialist Party of Japan. The group is strongly united under the banner of anti-communism, backed by the organizational strength of the former Confederation-affiliated labor unions. At the same time, however, its power is on the decline due to the loss of members who lost their elections, the aging of its members, and their transfer to the LDP.

Kuni no katachi kenkyūkai

Naoto Kan

It was formed mainly by Diet members who were in the camp of Naoto Kan in the September 1999 DPJ representative election. the group was considered to have a relatively strong leftist and liberal flavor.

They regularly meet every Thursday at Kan's home. In some aspects, the group served as a platform for people from the former Social Democratic Federation and the former PRESTO and civic activists, but it was also a faction formed based on personal relations since many of its members were elected from Tokyo, Kan's constituency, and Okayama Prefecture, Eda's constituency, during the DPJ's time.

Riberaru no kai

Shōichi Kondō

The core concern of the faction, founded in 2004, was the preservation of the "peace article" 9 of the post-war constitution, which some members of both major parties are trying to change, including the Kaseikai and parts of the Isshin-kai among the Democrats. It also campaigns for more citizen participation in the political process. The members of the Liberal no Kai were considered left-wing within the party.

Shin seikyoku kondankai

Takahiro Yokomichi

It was founded on December 25, 2001 as the most leftist group within the Democratic Party. It is also called the former Socialist Party Group, as it is mainly composed of people from the former Socialist Party. In addition to often being on the same page with the Kuni no katachi kenkyūkai and (Riberaru no kai, it sometimes cooperated with the Isshin-kai on security policies.

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New Party Japan

新党日本

Shintō Nippon

The party was formed on August 21, 2005 at a press conference held at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, mainly by opponents of the postal privatization bill promoted by Prime Minister (and Liberal Democratic Party President) Junichiro Koizumi.

The original name of the party was Japan and its abbreviation was New Party Japan, but on August 27, 2005, the name was changed to New Party Japan and the abbreviation to Japan, respectively, after the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications advised that it was strange that the abbreviation was longer than the party name. The formerly existing Japan New Party (a political party formed by Morihiro Hosokawa in 1992), although similar in name, is not related at all.

He takes the head of the NPN, with the aim of making it a springboard for disseminating the reforms implemented in Nagano prefecture at the national level (in particular budgetary rigor by abandoning the authorities' massive recourse to major public works projects or lowering taxes). If he does not declare himself opposed to the idea of privatization of the post office, he nevertheless criticizes Junichiro Koizumi 's project as lacking in consistency and concreteness.

There is no specific support organization or affiliated group, and its supporters are mainly supporters of the party leader, Yasuo Tanaka. The party did not recruit party members from the general public, but it did recruit "supporters" who were friends of the party and members of the affiliated organization "Team Nippon. A major feature of New Party Japan's policy is that its manifesto includes the introduction of a basic income. The manifesto's simulation states that all individuals, from infants to the elderly, will receive an unconditional basic income of 50,000 yen per person per month. Tanaka will be the first president (party leader), but he will not run in the general election and will remain governor of Nagano Prefecture to serve as the party's representative. However, since the party initially had only four Diet members, it could not meet the requirements for a political party under the Public Offices Election Law, which requires at least five Diet members, and was therefore will be established as a political organization. this is the reality that there is a big difference between political parties and other political organizations (including unaffiliated parties) in terms of the scope of campaigning allowed under the Public Offices Election Law, such as the number of posters, whether or not they can broadcast political views, and whether or not they can run as multiple candidates. If they do not become a political party, they would be at an extreme disadvantage due to stricter restrictions on campaigning. Tanaka could however attempt independent elected members to join in order to change that and to get all the privileges of being named a political party. Currently the PNP and the NPJ have formed a political alliance of sorts against postal privatization. How much could that relationship change? Only time will tell.

 

New Komeito (NKP)

公明党, Kōmeitō

The natural partner of the Liberal Democratic Party, think of the Coalition in Australian politics and this is the National Party to the Liberal Party of Australia. The party shares its support base with the LDP, made up of white-collar bureaucrats and rural populations, but also gains support from religious leaders.

2005 proved to be a rough year for the New Komeito. The Secretary-General said that his party would consider forming a coalition government with the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) if the DPJ gained a majority in the House of Representative. This has somewhat strained the relationship between the LDP and the New Komeito as the memory of the 1993 anti-LDP coalition still remains. The party also lost 3 seats in the snap election and many are blaming the leader Takenori Kanzaki.

 

NKP's declared mission is to pioneer "people-centered politics, a politics based on a humanitarianism that treats human life with the utmost respect and care".  Domestically, the party proposals include reduction of the central government and bureaucracy, increased transparency in public affairs, and increased local (prefectural) autonomy with the private sector playing an increased role. With regard to foreign policy, the NKP wishes to eliminate nuclear arms and armed conflict in general. In so doing, it hopes to bring about the "dawn of a new civilization of mankind". Although most of the NKP politicians and core supporters are Sōka Gakkai members, the NKP platform scarcely remarks on religious issues.

Komeito regards the Soka Gakkai as a "major electoral constituency", having formally separated from the religious group and revised both its platform and regulations in 1970 to reflect a "secular orientation".  Observers continue to describe Komeito as the Soka Gakkai's "political arm”, however, and critics contend the relationship violates the separation of religion and politics enshrined in Article 20 of the Japanese Constitution. The leadership and financing of the two groups are currently said to be independent.

New Party Daichi

新党大地

Shintō Daichi

The New Daichi Party was founded by former Hokkaidō LDP MP Muneo Suzuki, who was its party leader and only MP in the lower house after the 2005 general election. Suzuki, Deputy Chief Secretary of the Cabinet under Prime Minister Keizō Obuchi, was forced to leave the LDP in 2002 after a corruption scandal involving the House of Russo-Japanese Friendship (nicknamed the "Muneo House"), among other things. In 2005 he founded the Shinto Daichi. She opposes neoliberal economic policies, and advocates the autonomy of Hokkaidō and the rights of the Ainu People..

The New Daichi Party is centered around the personality of Muneo Suzuki and exclusively based in Hokkaidō. He thus defends a strong decentralization, greater autonomy and measures favoring economic development (by emphasizing agriculture, fishing but also the promotion of tourism and investment by opening up the island through by a rise in low-cost flights and the rapid conclusion of the Hokkaidō Expressway) which brought him closer to regionalism. He campaigned in particular for the construction of gas and oil pipelines between Sakhalin and Hokkaidō and for the negotiations of a peace treaty with Russia moving in the direction of a recovery of the four Southern Kuril Islands claimed by Japan.

He is known as one of the most pro-Russian and pro-Israeli politicians in Japan. He is opposed to the “neo-liberalism “embodied by the reforms carried out between 2001 to the present by Junichiro Koizumi (in particular the privatization of the post office), and is thus generally considered to be conservative. In particular, he campaigned for a social security system based on community values and the family. Like the DPJ, it calls for the unification of pension schemes, calls for “breaking through the bureaucratic jungle” and wants to ban all donations from companies to political parties. Regarding the Constitution, if he recognizes that it must “be compatible with our times”, he opposes any questioning of its peaceful aspect and of its article 9. Furthermore, he believes that any deployment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces overseas should be limited to humanitarian missions.

 

People's New Party

Kokumin Shintō

国民新党

The party's philosophy was to oppose market fundamentalism through a review of the privatization of Japan Post and to actively promote public investment in order to correct regional disparities and realize a safe, secure, and vibrant society. It also opposed policies such as the foreign carrot government and selective married couples' surnames, and advocated being a conservative party that would protect traditional Japanese culture and foster patriotism and pride in the nation. Regarding the Constitution, the party has consistently pledged to "enact an independent constitution" since its formation, believing that a more realistic constitution was needed. With regard to security, the party had pledged to create a national defense force through the enactment of a self-governing constitution. On economic policy, the PNP advocated ¥30 trillion in public investment and ¥10 trillion in tax cuts, for a total of ¥200 trillion in aggressive fiscal spending to be continued over the next five years. They also advocated interest-free, tax-exempt government bonds as a source of revenue. he represents traditional conservative positions: The PNP rejects the right to vote for foreigners in prefectures and municipalities as well as allowing different surnames for married couples. In a sense, the party is more like the LDP (before the Koizumi cabinet was formed) than the current LDP. In the past, many of the postmasters who supported the LDP and were known as "LDP vote-collecting machines" were supporters of the PNP.

Its other positions are quite similar to those of the DPJ , particularly in terms of social security (increase in aid and allowances for families, children, the elderly, the unemployed, among others) or foreign policy (redefinition of the Japanese-American alliance, Asian cooperation and the settlement of North Korean problems, whether that of abductions or nuclear power, through negotiation) with particular emphasis on the idea of "national independence" and a “Japanese specificity” close to sovereignty.

It defends the need to maintain local public services (while supporting the discourse of the DPJ on the reform of the state civil service in order to reduce the weight of the bureaucracy) Most of its elected representatives coming from rural constituencies. Thus, it advocates a deep administrative decentralization with significant financial transfers, in particular through local taxation, promotes economic development through a recovery policy (and therefore the injection of public funds) above all geared towards small and medium-sized enterprises and job creation through agriculture (mainly through rice cultivation, aimed at increasing the country's food self-sufficiency rate from 40 to 50%), forestry and fishing activities 9. He advocates lower taxes for individuals and families with many children. He develops a fairly critical discourse with regard to capitalism, big business and the keiretsu, which according to the party (and in particular its president Shizuka Kamei ) is responsible for the large number of suicides in Japan. This positioning means that he is sometimes classified on the left of the political scale, but his attachment to rural territories also pushes him to defend, in terms of culture, education and the model of society, a certain conservatism, even traditionalism, emphasizing attachment to the land and nature.

 

Japanese Communist Party (JCP)

日本共産党, Nihon Kyōsan-tō

The 2005 Snap Election for the Communist Party was the status quo. No gains or losses in seats. The Communist Party is mainly seen as a protest vote against the DJP and the LDP.

One of the JCP's main objectives is terminating the Japan-U.S. military alliance and the dismantling of all U.S. military bases in Japan. It wants to make Japan a non-aligned and neutral country, in accordance with its principles of self-determination and national sovereignty. (In Japan there are about 130 U.S. military bases and other related facilities, Okinawa having the largest U.S. military base in Asia).

The JCP also strives to change the nation's economic policy of what it sees as serving the interests of large corporations and banks to one of "defending the interests of the people," and to establish "democratic rules" that will check the activities of large corporations and "protect the lives and basic rights of the people."

The JCP also opposes nuclear weapons and military blocs, and opposes any attempt to revise Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan, which says that "never again …... [Japan] be visited with the horrors of war through the action of government" and declares that "sovereign power resides with the people."

Regarding the issue of the international economy, the JCP has advocated establishing a new international democratic economic order on the basis of respect for the economic sovereignty of each country. The JCP sees the United States, transnational corporations and international financial capital as pushing globalization, which, it says, is seriously affecting the global economy, including the monetary and financial problems, as well as North-South and environmental problems. The JCP advocates "democratic regulation of activities by transnational corporations and international financial capital on an international scale."

The JCP has called for immediate changes in Japan's foreign policy. Regarding the resolution of disputes, it argues that priority must be given to peaceful means through negotiations, not to military solutions. The JCP says that Japan must adhere to the U.N. Charter. It also adheres to the idea that Japan as an Asian country must stop putting emphasis on diplomacy centering on relations with the United States and the G8 Summit, and put Asian diplomacy at the center of its foreign relations. It supports Japan establishing an "independent foreign policy in the interests of the Japanese people," and rejects "uncritically following any foreign power." It also advocates that Japan express remorse and apologies for its actions during World War II as a prerequisite for developing relations with the rest of Asia.

 

The JCP stance on international terrorism is that only by "encircling the forces of terror through strong international solidarity with the United Nations at the center" can terrorism be eliminated. It argues that waging war as a response to terrorism "produces a rift and contradictions in international solidarity, which instead expands the breeding ground of terrorism."

While the JCP was firmly against the imperial house both during all of the pre-war and most of the post-war era, it has recently said that it is not opposed to the Emperor remaining as Japan's head of state if he has no power and is only a figurehead.

Although it is a Leninist party, the JCP does not advocate socialist revolution: it claims to adhere to the idea of a "democratic revolution" to achieve "democratic change in politics and the economy," and also "the complete restoration of Japan's national sovereignty", which it sees as infringed by Japan's security alliance with the United States.

 

Social Democratic Party (SDP)

社会民主党, Shakai Minshu-tō

It was formerly known as the Japan Socialist Party (JSP), until 1991, when it changed its name. It defines itself as a social democratic party. Until the 1990s, it was Japan's largest opposition party. It enjoyed a short period of government participation 1993-4 and formed a coalition government under a JSP Prime Minister 1994-6. After the electoral defeat of 1996 it lost many of its moderate members to the Democratic Party of Japan in 1998. As of 2005, it is a relatively small Japanese political party. The party now is still showing signs of decline, especially since the DPJ has been getting ever more popular.

In the 2004 House of Councillors election, the SDP won only two seats, having five seats in the House of Councillors and six seats in the House of Representatives.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is unplayable since he eventually retires in 2006. This is where the LDP players will have over a year to start influencing factions and party members throughout the country and try to gain a majority of the parliamentarians as well as the majority of party members to support them in the leadership race that is coming up.

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7 hours ago, Pringles said:

I think I'll reserve Kochikai for now.

Might be interested in the Neo Con wing of the DPJ though... Kaseikai: Noda's faction. 

I already reserved Kochikai for Fbarbafbarross over on  Discord before I saw this. Sorry Pringles 😞 but the other Kochikai is very similar to this one lol. Just let me know which faction you'd like. DPJ or LDP 🙂

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5 hours ago, Kitten said:

I already reserved Kochikai for Fbarbafbarross over on  Discord before I saw this. Sorry Pringles 😞 but the other Kochikai is very similar to this one lol. Just let me know which faction you'd like. DPJ or LDP 🙂

I will now take Kaseikai for DPJ. Noda sounds based after reading up on him. 

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What does the commitment look like for this? I’m definitely interested! I took a class on Japanese politics and it’s fascinating how different the whole system is viewed versus us here in the states 🙂 

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10 hours ago, Cal said:

What does the commitment look like for this? I’m definitely interested! I took a class on Japanese politics and it’s fascinating how different the whole system is viewed versus us here in the states 🙂 

The commitment will be a low maintenance rp. A few events per turn. And a write of afterwards. And repeat until we get to the present or future in the alt timeline lol.

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6 hours ago, Kitten said:

The commitment will be a low maintenance rp. A few events per turn. And a write of afterwards. And repeat until we get to the present or future in the alt timeline lol.

I’m working a double today, but I’d be happy to fill in wherever is most in need starting tomorrow 🙂 

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Alright here's some information on how turns will work. 3 events per turn, these turns will impact the next general election.

Sometimes players will be given a extra event if there's there's leadership race for the party.

There are two types of phases. Legislative and campaign phases. During a Legislative phase, this is when the Diet is in session. Players can propose legislation and vote for and against bills. There might be key events during these session such as by-elections where players are given an extra turn to the by-election. Parties can work together and form coalitions or parties can split. All of this will depend on dice rolls and player decisions.

In campaign phases, turns will be much slower in order to properly reflect an election campaign. Once again, 3 events per turn.

This is what I have so far. Any questions? Please feel free to ask and if you have suggestions. Let me know! I'm still learning how to DM a RP. 

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