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DPJ chief Kaieda fires up chapter leaders, warns of LDP labor plans

JIJI

Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda said Sunday that the opposition party is determined to once again kick the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition out of power.

“The DPJ is a party that will seize power in the near future,” he told a meeting of officials from local DPJ chapters nationwide in the city of Fukushima.

Kaieda said he will step up efforts to rebuild the struggling party by drawing up policies with broad-based public support.

“The DPJ needs to establish a system in which decisions on key policy measures are made by the entire party and all party members follow the decisions,” Kaieda said at the meeting.

“Expanding the middle-income bracket by observing laws for protecting employees is one of the DPJ’s key policies,” Kaieda noted, stating his resolve to fight the LDP-led government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which wants to loosen corporate employment rules.

Parroting the U.S. mantra of “change,” the DPJ took power in September 2009 after the House of Representatives election, ending over 50 years of almost uninterrupted rule by the LDP.