OSAKA — For the first time since last Tuesday’s official start of campaigning for the June 25 general election, the leaders of the three ruling parties took to the streets together on Monday in Osaka, trying to impress voters with their solidarity.
Speaking in front of JR Osaka Station, Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who heads the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito leader Takenori Kanzaki and New Conservative Party leader Chikage Ogi said the three-way coalition will continue to form a stable government to lead the country in the new century.
“Because it seems highly unlikely that the LDP will win a majority by itself under the current electoral system, forming an alliance with trustworthy parties is a plan designed to meet people’s expectations,” Mori said.
“And now we three parties are working together and have presented coordinated election promises in order to counter the claim by the opposition that we formed a coalition without principles,” he said.
The leaders also renewed their attacks on the opposition parties.
The prime minister criticized Yukio Hatoyama, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, for failing to show voters how the DPJ intends to form a government should it become the largest party in the Lower House.
“The Japanese Communist Party has been expressing its intention to cooperate with the DPJ, but Hatoyama has been avoiding (responding to the JCP’s offer),” Mori said. “Please think where Japan would go if the DPJ becomes the largest party and cooperates with the JCP.”
Kanzaki said the coming election will give voters the choice between a stable, reform-minded government led by the tripartite coalition, and chaos with the DPJ in its center.
“The DPJ has not revealed with whom it will cooperate after the election,” he said. “It is being really irresponsible.”
Ogi said the DPJ does not deserve the trust of the electorate because the largest opposition party is internally divided on its position on the Constitution.
Mori managed to avoid making a major slip of the tongue during his 20-minute speech, but he did call the upcoming Group of Eight Summit in Okinawa an “expo,” twice.