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2014 July 30 - August 12 [JCP]

14.3 million petition signatures delivered to Diet via JCP

August 10, 2014
During the 186th ordinary Diet session (between January 24 and June 22), 14,281,314 petition signatures were sent to the Diet via the Japanese Communist Party, the largest number of signatures gathered and delivered by citizens among political parties.

The number of signatures which members of the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors helped bring to the Diet during the five-month session totaled 27,497,564, up by 3.5 million from the previous ordinary session of the Diet. A majority of the total signatures or 51.7% reached the Diet through the JCP, followed by 21.7% through the Liberal Democratic Party, 13.0% through the Democratic Party of Japan, and 7.2% through the Social Democratic Party.

The signatures handed over to JCP Dietmembers reflect people’s struggles against the Abe government’s anti-people policies, such as the creation of the state secrets protection law, approval of Japan’s use of the collective self-defense right, an increase in the consumption tax rate, participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, reluctance to shift from nuclear energy to renewable energy, comprehensive cuts in healthcare and nursing-care services, and removal of labor protections.

Past related articles:
> Majority of petition signatures sent to Diet via JCP [June 29, 2013]
> 80% of all petition signatures submitted by JCP to Diet [January 4, 2012]
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