• Kyodo News


The Democratic Party of Japan may abandon some of the policy pledges in the platform that catapulted it to power in last year’s general election, Prime Minister Naoto Kan indicated Tuesday.

The DPJ will explain to the public why some pledges are difficult to pursue or how others should be revised, Kan said without specifying which vows may be dropped, noting only that the party will deal with the issue “in a sincere manner so it can win people’s understanding.”

The DPJ-led government has been forced to rethink some vows given tight budgetary conditions as well as the ruling bloc’s loss of its majority in the Upper House last month.

Kan met the press Tuesday after the Diet ended a one-week extraordinary session last Friday.

Referring to the divided Diet, where the Upper House is in opposition hands while the DPJ-led coalition dominates the Lower House, Kan reiterated his resolve to sound out his rivals and solicit their cooperation to advance legislation.

“I strongly feel that we can agree with opposition parties on the bills that will benefit (the) people, if the ruling bloc handles debates in a decent manner,” Kan said.

The DPJ was led by Yukio Hatoyama when it defeated the Liberal Democratic Party in the Lower House election last August.

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