The Democratic Party of Japan’s election manifesto calls for a complete review of large public works projects that fail to respond to the needs of the day, specifically calling for a halt to construction of Kawabe Dam in Kumamoto Prefecture and Yanba Dam in Nagano Prefecture.

A year ago the Kumamoto governor called on the government to cancel the Kawabe project. After the DJP won in the Aug. 30 Lower House election, the land and infrastructure ministry postponed a public tender to select a contractor for Yanba Dam construction, which was scheduled to start in October.

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.