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2019 November 27 - December 3 [JCP]

Political parties, except for JCP, remain dependent on state subsidies

November 30, 2019
The Internal Affairs Ministry on November 29 released its annual report on political funds which shows that political parties other than the Japanese Communist Party remain dependent on government subsidies.

According to the report, in 2018, the Liberal Democratic Party received 17.5 billion yen in taxpayers’ money, accounting for 66.5% of the party’s total income. The amount of state subsidies distributed to the Komei party was 2.9 billion yen (making up 19.7% of its total income); the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan 2.8 billion yen (75.8%); the Democratic Party for the People 6.6 billion yen (84.8%); the Nippon Ishin no Kai party 1.3 billion yen (71.9%); and the Social Democratic Party 379 million yen (45.1%).

The JCP has never accepted government subsidies using taxpayers’ money ever since the introduction of the party subsidy system in 1995.

JCP Financial and Management Commission Chair Iwai Tetsuya on November 29 published a statement in regard to the party’s financial report for fiscal 2018.

In the statement, Iwai explained that the JCP income stood mainly on party membership dues, sales and subscription fees of Akahata and various magazines, and individual donations. Citing that profits of party activities, such as sales of Akahata, constituted 85.3% of the total revenues in 2018 and the cost of such activities absorbed 63.8% of the total expenditures, Iwai said that this indicates that the party closely connects with the general public through its activities centering on Akahata.

Iwai expressed his determination to work hard to put an end to the Abe government without delay and realize a coalition government of opposition parties as well as a major JCP advance.

Past related articles:
> JCP closely connected with general public: JCP financial report [December 1, 2018]

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