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Summer Soothsayer | Kokkai Insider

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Out with the Old…

Probably the most ineffective leader known to Japanese politics, Democratic Party President Katsuya Okada has announced that he will not participate in the upcoming DP presidential election. Insiders had been speculating that he might be stepping down; however, the timing of his announcement was quite unexpected. When pestered with the question of whether or not he was planning on running in the next Democratic Party presidential race, he stated he would respectfully wait until after the gubernatorial election results were out to make that announcement. After all, Okada’s party was supporting Shuntaro Torigoe in the Tokyo governor race and why do anything to steal his spotlight?

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Yuriko Koike

LDP’s Iron Maiden Goes Rogue! | A Kokkai Insider Spotlight

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In Tokyo’s governor race, all eyes have been on former House of Representatives Member Yuriko Koike ever since she revealed her intentions to run for the prestigious position 2 weeks ago. Sparked by the resignation of scandal-marred Yoichi Masuzoe, this election has turned into an epic battle between Koike, a well-known veteran LDP politician who is currently estranged from the LDP, Shuntaro Torigoe, a long-time political commentator backed by a coalition of opposition parties, and Hiroya Masuda, a career bureaucrat & former Governor of Iwate Prefecture backed by the LDP.

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7 Ways to Judge Sunday | Kokkai Insider

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Japan Votes!

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, an Upper House election will take place with 121 of 242 total seats up for grabs.

For Japan policy wonks, the largest question now beyond “which political party got how many seats?” is “does this spell ‘success’ or ‘failure’ for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party?”

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Abe Flip Flops On Tax Hike | Kokkai Insider

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Double Election

Previously, we gave a history of double elections in Japan, which have only happened twice before in Japanese history – once in 1980 after PM Ohira’s untimely death, and again in 1986 at the end of PM Nakasone’s term in office.

In Nakasone’s case, he called an extraordinary Diet session on May 27, 1986, just 5 days after the end of the regular Diet session. Then, almost exactly today, on June 2, 1986, a short note calling to dissolve the House was passed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a snap election was called.
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Take It To the Limit | Kokkai Insider

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A Coming Storm?

With the July Upper House Election coming up fast, the LDP and Komeito have been making efforts to cooperate together as the ruling coalition. Unfortunately, some of the initiatives have not been so successful. For instance, Komeito has implored the LDP to provide more support for their candidates. The LDP reacted by stating that they will instruct local LDP divisions to request of their constituents that they vote Komeito.

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Suga’s Legacy | Kokkai Insider

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The Incorrigible Mr. Suga

During Prime Minister Abe’s first run in office from 2006-2007, he had employed a relatively obscure politician by the name of Yoshihide Suga as his Chief Cabinet Secretary. Hailing from Akita prefecture, Suga’s main highlight after being elected to the Diet in 1996 was sticking to his guns and going against the grain in party votes – this, understandably, made him few friends. But Suga found one in Prime Minister Abe, contributing his iron will to the PM’s cabinet. Never one to shake his beliefs, Suga stuck by Abe’s side even after he left office, a particularly bold move considering this was when everyone else was angry about Abe’s over-abundant promises and underwhelming delivery, not to mention rumors that he bowed out due to purportedly dwindling health.

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