/ Mar 13, 2017

SDP exec dismisses three-party merger

Seiji Mataichi, secretary-general of the Social Democratic Party, is pessimistic about Liberal Party leader Ichiro Ozawa’s proposal for an SDP-Liberal merger with the main opposition Democratic Party. Mataichi said in an interview that rather than a formal three-way merger, the four primary opposition parties ...

/ Jun 6, 2016

330 planning to run in Upper House election

As of Sunday, 330 people were planning to run in the July 10 Upper House election, according to a Jiji Press survey. Battles between candidates of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and unified candidates from four opposition parties are expected to dominate all 32 ...

/ May 31, 2016

DP to propose unified list for Upper House election

Katsuya Okada, leader of the largest opposition Democratic Party, has sounded out two other opposition parties about creating a unified list of candidates for the proportional representation part of this summer’s Upper House election. Okada hopes to formally propose the idea to the Social ...

/ Sep 29, 2015

Minor opposition parties mull coalition talks with JCP

Two minor opposition parties on Monday agreed to consider talks on a proposed coalition with the Japanese Communist Party in a bid to win government and scrap new national security laws. JCP head Kazuo Shii proposed the coalition talks and cooperation among opposition parties ...