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Democratic Party to pick official mascot in September

JIJI

The Democratic Party is considering selecting its official yuru-kyara (mascot character) in September to coincide with the party’s leadership election, informed sources said.

Aiming to give a boost to the main opposition party’s presidential poll, the party plans to hold a public online vote to pick the successor to Minshu-kun, the official mascot of the Democratic Party of Japan, a predecessor of the DP, the sources said.

The race to select a successor to President Katsuya Okada will officially start on Sept. 2 and the verdict will be announced on Sept. 15.

The DP plans to begin the mascot vote on Sept. 2 and announce the outcome at an extraordinary party convention on Sept. 15, according to the sources.

Minshu-kun, named after the DPJ’s Japanese name, Minshuto, was dropped in April following its merger with Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) to become the DP in late March.

The DP asked the public for ideas on naming the mascot between mid-June and early July, receiving about 1,000 proposals.

A DP official said the party hopes to carry out “a double election” for its new leader and mascot.

After scrutinizing the proposals in terms of copyright and other aspects, the party plans to select several candidates by Sept. 2.