The Democratic Party of Japan is in the throes of an identity crisis, a fact not lost on delegates meeting for the party's annual convention Saturday in Tokyo.

The support rate for the DPJ, once considered a viable alternative to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has been dismal for months, and its outlook for the Upper House election in July is bleak.

The DPJ has failed to set its economic policies apart from those of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and its opposition to Abe's push to amend the pacifist Constitution has failed to win over most voters, political analysts said.