Your Party aims to end Japan’s nuclear power use in 2020s: Watanabe

JIJI

Your Party, a minor political party, promised to end the nation’s use of nuclear power in the 2020s in its campaign platform for the Dec. 16 House of Representatives election unveiled Wednesday.

If it comes into a position of power, the party would implement drastic power industry liberalization measures, including separating power distribution operations from existing power suppliers, in 2020 in order to slash costs, so Japan can reduce its reliance on high-cost nuclear energy to zero in the 2020s, according to the platform unveiled by party head Yoshimi Watanabe.

The party called for a freeze on the sales tax hikes, saying lawmakers and bureaucrats should endure pain first.

The party said the number of Lower House seats should be reduced to 300 from the current 480 and House of Councilors seats cut to 100 from 242. It proposed that lawmakers’ salaries and bonuses be cut by 30 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

Japan should adopt a unicameral system for the Diet after reorganizing the nation’s existing prefectures into larger administrative units with greater autonomy, the party said.

Your Party wants Japan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks at an early date. It also promised to achieve annual nominal economic growth of 4 percent and a 50 percent increase in national income over the next 10 years.

Watanabe told a news conference the party will aim to promote growth by putting its policy promises into action.