Japanese Prime Minister dissolves House of Representatives for national elections on October 31

Tokyo — New Prime Minister Fumio Kishida disbanded the House of Representatives on Thursday, paving the way for Japan’s first pandemic election on October 31st.

What is at stake is how Japan will face the potential revival of COVID-19, revive the devastated economy, and the Kishida government will leave behind the Abe administration for nearly nine years. Is it possible or how it can be done. ..

Fumio Kishida said he has sought a policy mission after being elected prime minister in parliament just 10 days ago.

He lasted only a year as Prime Minister and insisted on his recognized noble approach to dealing with COVID-19 and hosting the Tokyo Olympics despite the increasing number of viral cases. It replaced Yoshihide Suga, whose support was shattered by.

Fumio Kishida, who was tasked with gathering support for the ruling party, promised to pursue a politics of “trust and sympathy.”

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (C) and other members of the Diet will speak at an extraordinary session of the House of Representatives in Tokyo on October 14, 2021 after the dissolution of the House of Representatives. (Eugene Hoshiko / AP Photo)

Several major opposition parties have agreed to cooperate, including dealing with the disparity between the rich and the poor, which expanded during the Shinzo Abe administration and was allegedly exacerbated by the pandemic.

After Speaker of the House Oshima Tadamori announced the dissolution, 465 members of the more powerful House of Representatives stood up and shouted “Banzai” three times and left. The official campaign for all 465 newly vacant seats will begin on Tuesday.

The last House of Representatives election was held in 2017 under Prime Minister Abe. Prime Minister Abe, while serving as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, pulled the long-standing Liberal Democratic Party to the right.

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Lawmakers listen to the announcement that the House of Representatives in Tokyo will dissolve on October 14, 2021. (Eugene Hoshiko / AP Photo)

In that vote, the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, the Komeito, won a total of 310 seats, or two-thirds of the Chamber of Commerce.

Opposition struggled to get enough votes to form a new government between 2009 and 2012 after a brief reign of the now abolished Democratic Party. However, due to weak support from the LDP under Kan, the party lost three parliamentary by-elections and lost local votes for opposition candidates this year.

Yukio Edano, leader of Japan’s largest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, told NHK’s public television that he wanted to make the election “the first step to change politics.”

In his first policy speech last week, Fumio Kishida promised to strengthen the country’s pandemic response, revive the economy, and strengthen its defenses against threats from China and North Korea. He also sought to gradually expand his social and economic activities by using vaccination certificates and more tests.

Yuichiro Tamaki, leader of the Democratic Party for the People, said Fumio Kishida was selfish about the dissolution of the House of Representatives early in his tenure. “It’s unclear what policy he’s asking voters to delegate,” Tamaki said.

He said his party would propose an economic policy that demanded higher wages for workers.

Mr. Tamaki said, “I want to create a political situation in which the ruling and opposition parties compete closely.”

Mari Yamaguchi

Associated Press