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Japan might get a new no-nuclear party, led by Shiga governor

Shiga governor mulls new no-nuclear party, Japan Times, 27 Nov 12 Move might rally others unwilling to bend on ‘third force’ objectives Kyodo OTSU, Shiga Pref. — Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada is considering founding a new political party with the key goal of phasing out nuclear power, sources said Monday.

Although Kada didn’t make it official when she met the press in Otsu in the afternoon, her reported move to create a new party ahead of the Dec. 16 Lower House poll quickly drew attention from other small parties that aren’t fitting into the major “third
force” that has been evolving around Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) led by ex-Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara and Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto.

Ichiro Ozawa, the ex-Democratic Party of Japan kingmaker who now heads
Kokumin no Seikatsu ga Daiichi (People’s Life First), is reportedly
trying to sound out Kada about forming a new force by merging his
party and other small forces that oppose restarting any reactors and
are against the sales tax hike and Japan’s participation in the
Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade accord…..
Ozawa’s and Kawamura’s parties are also reportedly eyeing a tieup and
want the Green Wind Party that was formed this month by defectors from
the ruling coalition, including Kuniko Tanioka, to join. By making all
these moves, small parties hope to differentiate themselves from
Nippon Ishin, which is pushing increasingly conservative policies now
that Ishihara is at the helm.

November 28, 2012 - Posted by | Japan, politics

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