In the capital cities of the two disaster-stricken prefectures, Iwate and Miyagi, all Japanese Communist Party candidates won seats in local assembly elections on August 28, which had been postponed due to the massive earthquake.
Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc. (HEPCO) ordered workers to attend a symposium held by local municipalities to hear residents’ opinions on the introduction of its plutonium-thermal power project and present pro-project opinions. This throws the credibility of “citizen” opinions into doubt.
Noda Yoshihiko, who has been calling for a review of the DPJ manifesto in consultation with the Liberal Democratic and Komei parties, became DPJ’s new head and the prime minister-to-be. JCP Chair Shii said that the DPJ has chosen the path toward a grand coalition and a tax hike.