At its first-ever convention Saturday, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) introduced 33 candidates for this summer’s Upper House election and a new platform that calls for revising the “Occupation Constitution,” conserving the nation’s “good traditions,” and promoting a society based on regional creativity and free markets.

But with questions surrounding the health of 80-year-old coleader Shintaro Ishihara, who was only released from the hospital Friday more than a month after suffering a minor stroke, and policies similar to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the opposition Your Party, Nippon Ishin continues to face confusion about its future among voters, potential candidates and a growing number of its own members.

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