|From two party politics to a three party era|
[Photo] Sento Imperial Palace In Kyoto
Since single-seat constituency elections were first introduced in 1996, two party politics has steadily improved. Especially after the symbolic event of the DPJ that deprived the LDP of power in the Lower House general election of 2009.
However most people think that the DPJ administration has failed. Mr. Noda took office as the third Prime Minister of the DPJ, but it seems to be difficult for him to overcome the weaknesses of his organization. Mr. Hachiro, who was once appointed Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, resigned only eight days later due to a slip of tongue.
I think that the DPJ will be defeated in the next Lower House election. However, as long as single-seat constituency elections continue, two party politics will survive.
On the contrary, two major parties tend to conflict bitterly with each other. If the ruling party doesn't have a majority in both Houses of the Diet, the Government will lack stability and political circumstance will be thrown into confusion.
As a result, a third party is required to bind together the two major parties. It is necessary for the third party to think what the right thing is for nation and to persuade the two major parties to accept an appropriate compromise.
Therefore, NEW KOMEITO holds an extremely important position. It was the NEW KOMEITO that actually proposed reforming child allowances and let both the DPJ and LDP to accept the proposal.
The DPJ wants to persuade the NEW KOMEITO over to their side. As does the LDP. The DPJ, LDP and NEW KOMEITO has agreed to reform major policies of the DPJ, such as child allowance and the free highway plan.
The era of three party politics has begun, leaving two party politics in it's wake.