Kaieda willing to tie up with smaller opposition parties


New opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Banri Kaieda said Saturday he is willing to consider alliances with smaller opposition parties in the lead-up to next summer’s upper house election.

Kaieda—who replaced former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda as party leader—said he was willing to work with like-minded parties in order to prevent a landslide win by the governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner, the New Komeito Party, in the election, TBS reported.

Kaieda said that most of the opposition parties remain fragmented because they are unwilling to compromise on major issues.

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    Too many of these politicians want to be boss of their own party to work together.

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    I get the feeling that the DPJ ... Minshuto ... won't be making a strong comeback. The voters of Japan have expressed their frustrations with the DPJ by putting the LDP back in power. In the next election, the Upper House election, the DPJ will once again lose big. Kaieda will have a hard time saving what's left of the party.

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    Kaieda will have a hard time saving what's left of the party.

    I'm not sure the DPJ is done for, but if it does lose its place as one of the two top parties in Japan, it won't be so surprising. It literally evolved as the Opposition - "not the LDP". That's not a party philosophy. It was easier whilst it was in Opposition as it didn't have to agree on a single policy, but once in government the different wings of the party kept trying to drag it in different directions. I don't think many voters ended up knowing what the DPJ stood for or wanted to do for Japan.

    I think the DPJ has itself to blame in part. Not only did it tolerate an idiot like Ozawa for too long, when in Opposition it acted too much like a party of opposition rather than a party of government. Had it been sensible, it would have worked to bring the party factions closer together and agree on core ideals and principles. But it took the easy path, which was simply to oppose everything the then LDP government suggested when things were going wrong. Sometimes you agree with unpopular policies, or at least cut the government slack, if they're good for the country.

    Also, would the decline of the DPJ be a bad thing for Japan? Maybe voters need to choose from parties whose members are more in agreement on what policies they should follow. Unless of course the DPJ can sit down and agree what it believes in and what it would do if/when it re-enters office.

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