Controversial issues for the 2016 House of Councilors election



Has “Abenomics”, an economic policy package, resulted in success or failure? Social security policies such as child and nursing care were undoubtedly disputed issues. The opposition parties were eager to focus on the revision of the Constitution, but the ruling coalition, the LDP and KOMEITO, avoided this issue since Diet deliberations were still immature.

However, I think the biggest issue of the election was whether people would choose the conservative and centrist line of the LDP and KOMEITO, or the social and communist line of the Democratic Party and Communist Party.

The DP was formed by the merger of the DPJ and Ishin in 2016, of which, members were mostly conservative or liberal, not least, communist.

However, the DP amazingly collaborated with the Japan Communist Party and they ran unified candidates in 32 prefectural constituencies against the ruling bloc in order to abolish the peace and security laws, enacted last year, and to convert “Abenomics” to any other economic policy.

The DP states that the Self Defense Force and the Japan-US alliance are constitutional, on the other hand, JCP views both as unconstitutional. How do they defend Japan after abolishing the peace and security laws? I can’t understand their vision regarding security.

Neither parties have presented a concrete economic policy to overcome deflation. In this election, the alliance of these four parties resulted in failure because of inadequate presentation in terms of these issues to the people, and as a result, allowed the ruling bloc to win two-thirds of the seats in the Upper House.

By Yuzuru Takeuchi