Various political forces are talking about establishing a “third pole” that will replace the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and the No. 1 opposition Liberal Democratic Party. Most of these forces call for revising the war-renouncing Constitution or for exercising the right to collective defense, while some are strongly pushing neo-liberal, market-fundamentalist policies that would result in weakening the nation’s social and economic fabric.

What is happening is that the number of political choices in the right-leaning camp is increasing. This is an unhealthy development. People need to carefully study the policies those political forces would bring about and how their policies would affect their lives and the political direction of Japan.

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