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2021 September 22 - 28 [POLITICS]

Shii on TV program calls for opposition parties to unite based on common goal of replacing LDP-Komei government

September 25, 2021
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on September 24 appeared on TV Asahi’s popular morning program and talked about his views on the promotion of opposition parties’ joint struggle in the forthcoming general election and other topics which will become major issues in the election.

Along with Shii, representatives of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Nippon Ishin no Kai party (Japan Innovation Party), and the Reiwa Shinsengumi party also attended the program.

Asked by the program MC about opposition parties’ joint struggle in the general election, Shii cited the fact that the JCP, the CDPJ, the Social Democratic Party, and the Reiwa party recently agreed with the Civil Alliance on a common policy agenda. Shii evaluated this agreement as epoch-making, and said, “Policies listed in the agenda will play a pivotal role in efforts to shift away from the Abe/Suga government policies. Now, all we need is united action to establish a government which will carry out the agreed-upon policies.”

Pointing out that the approaching general election will give voters an opportunity to choose the formation of a new government, Shii said, “As political parties seeking to promote cooperation in the general election, we need to present to the general public a steadfast vision of a new government. I hope to reach consensus with the CDPJ and other opposition parties on this matter."

CDPJ acting leader Eda Kenji in reply expressed his hope for negotiations between heads and secretaries-general of the JCP and the CDPJ.

A program commentator, Tamagawa Toru, said that in order to defeat the ruling block in the general election, it is necessary for opposition parties, including the JCP, to reconcile their differences and work for the goals they have in common.

In response, Shii explained the JCP’s policy of putting aside ideological differences, such as their stance toward the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, for the promotion of opposition parties’ collaboration. He stressed, “The need is to work together regardless of policy differences to achieve the goal of bringing down the LDP-Komei government.”

Shii added, “Political parties differ from each other in their policies. The important thing is to join hands based on common ground shared among opposition parties.”

Past related article:
> 4 opposition parties along with Civil Alliance agree on common agenda [September 9, 2021]
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