October 23, 2021


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Slowing down, the ruling party in Japan is also looking for a new president

On Wednesday, September 29, the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD, in power) presidential election, Yoshihit Suka, who was invited to become prime minister, did not stand for re-election, routinely ending a campaign openly. In fact, she has deviated somewhat from the traditional factions – these groups that surround the strong men of the party – and are very feminine because two of the four female candidates are women.

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The party leadership made the choice on the basis of public opinion polls that the PLD had lost credibility, with the outgoing government support rate no longer exceeding 30%. This situation is worrying as the Assembly elections are approaching in November, especially among the younger elected representatives and not affiliated with the factions.

This low support rate reflects the Japanese dissatisfaction with the irregular management of the Govt-19 epidemic and the country’s economic situation, where epidemic poverty and insecurity are on the rise. It feels like leaders are being cut off from people‚Äôs expectations, for example Their stubbornness in organizing the Tokyo Olympics despite opposition from the Japanese. “If the PLD factions were satisfied with letting the logic play out, it would have risked losing several seats in the Assembly elections.”, Says Etsushi Tanifuji of Waseda University.

Discussion with members

The campaign was halted by several debates. Four days of online discussions from September 21 to 26, one hundred members were randomly selected. As it aired on YouTube, they made it possible to deal with a wide range of subjects: epidemiology, energy questions looking for strategy in a country Achieve carbon neutral by 2050The Chinese threat, constitutional reform, the economy and social issues such as women and the LGBT people.

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Elected officials and members of the Conservative Party must go to the polls, keeping in mind the current election referendum on Taro Kono, the current administrative reform minister and in charge of the vaccine against Govt-19. Considered “The Most Appropriate Person” From September 23 to 25, 46% of those questioned by the Economic Daily were to be prime minister Nihon key, The son and grandson of PLD figures, is the elected official of the Kanagawa Department in southern Tokyo, known for his freedom of speech – which he uses sparingly on Twitter – and his English command. Supported by Mr. Suka, he supports a community, but he supports a liberal economic agenda. “Hot”, Nuclear and maintaining same-sex marriage.

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