Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) is stumbling into Sunday’s Lower House election with polls showing it will pick up just a fraction of the seats it was eyeing, as internal squabbles have sown confusion and distrust among voters.

However, with the Liberal Democratic Party predicted to win up to 300 seats and plans already afoot to again form a coalition government with New Komeito, the question now is whether Nippon Ishin or what’s left of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan might join that bloc to form a two-thirds supermajority capable of overriding Upper House vetoes.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.