LDP V.S. Party of Hope? No, no, There is a Dark Horse in the Japanese Election

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Our Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of the parliament ahead of a snap election.


He thought he could take advantage of a weak opposition, but he now faces a new contender Party of Hope, led by popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike.


She is getting so much attention from the media right now. Every TV station is reporting her move. Many politicians are joining her party, and it has become a new threat to the ruling coalition LDP and Komeito.


As far as I am concerned, Koike is no different from Abe. They have very similar views on many of the issues. She is also a member of the Nippon Kaigi, a Japanese nationalist unincorporated association which aims to “revise the current Constitution.


She says that she would like to reform Japanese politics as a conservative.


She is also similar to Abe that they are both technique oriented and she is good at creating an illusion by her theatrical politics.


The media is completely fallen for her magic and creating a mirage to the public that we have only those two options; Koike or Abe.


What are the liberals going to do?


There is a joint struggle among some opposition parties such as Japanese Communist Party, Social Democratic Party, and Democratic Party, except that Democratic Party is kind of dissolving at the moment as many of its members are joining the Party of Hope.


Democratic Party was already divided by its conservative members and liberal members, and Koike will only take the conservative members, which means the liberal members have nowhere to go to.


I think the best solution is that the liberal members of Democratic Party continues to work with Japanese Communist Party and Social Democratic Party in the joint struggle as before and forms a truly liberal opposition to this farce performed by the two conservative sectors and the media.


The joint struggle has been with the citizen’s groups such as SEALDs, Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy – s. It is very much supported by the grassroots movement. This time, It is going to be a struggle Liberal against Conservative, Citizens against the Establishment; both politicians and the media.


I hope something like this is going to happen again.

YOHEI MIYAKE Election Festival


Yohei Miyake talks about his vision at Yamananya(English Subtitle)


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