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2019 April 10 - 16 [POLITICS]

Campaigning for second round of nationwide local elections officially begins

April 16, 2019
Campaigns for 218 mayoral and 689 municipal assembly elections officially kicked off on April 14 and 16 with the date of the vote on April 21. The Japanese Communist Party is working hard for the victories of its 1,100-plus candidates with an eye to building up momentum for a JCP advance in this summer’s Upper House election.

In Tokyo, in addition to 11 ward head elections, assembly elections will take place in 20 wards and 20 cities. A total of 1,270 assembly seats are being contested. The JCP fielded 204 candidates.

JCP candidates across the country in their campaign speeches stressed that the point at issue is a choice between the anti-people policies of the Liberal Democratic and Komei parties and the people-oriented policies put forward by the JCP. They also said that the JCP opposes the planned consumption tax hike and calls for the lowering of the burden of high National Health Insurance premiums. The JCP candidates pledged to improve childrearing support and disaster preparedness.

As results of these elections will influence the fate of the House of Councilors election in summer, all political parties are doing their utmost to help their candidates win.

Past related article:
> Outcome of JCP fight in first round of nationwide local elections [April 9, 2019]
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