The Japan’s LDP Presidential election-the relationship with CCP

  • Author: Peacelv
  • Editor: JIHO

The Japan’s LDP Presidential election would be held in this month. In this presidential election, in addition to the 383 votes of the party’s own congressmen, there will be 383 votes from party members and friends, and each candidate will compete for a total of 766 votes.

LDP presidential candidates, from left, Taro Kono, Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi, and Seiko Noda at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo, on Sept. 17. Photographer: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA/Bloomberg

Taro Kono, former Foreign Minister and Defense Minister, he is also current Minister of Administrative Reform; Fumio Kishida, former Foreign Minister; Sanae Takaichi, former Minister of General Affairs; Seiko Noda, Acting Chief Executive; The four candidates gave speeches at the LDP headquarters, stating their reasons for running for office and their main political views. Although their political views cover all aspects of domestic and foreign affairs, their attitudes toward China are particularly striking.

Once Taro Kono is inaugurated as Prime Minister, it is not excluded that Kishida will be the de facto head of the LDP by serving as the LDP chief executive again. And Shinjiro Koizumi will be the Chief Cabinet Secretary, the youngest cabinet chief.

Secondly, Taro Kono’s father, Yohei Kono, belongs to the pro-China faction. However, his son failed to follow in his father’s footsteps. During his tenure as defense minister, Taro Kono became one of the advocates of the “China threat theory”. and in August 2021, he released a new book, “Let Japan Move Forward,” saying that the Japan-U.S. military alliance should form a framework for “confronting China.”

The biggest difference between Taro Kono and his father is that he attaches great importance to the relationship with the U.S. allies, so he will be more direct to Taiwan in terms of security, plus he served as Japan’s defense minister, he knew the state of Japan’s defense, national security threats clearly.

In this campaign, Taro Kono said publicly, “I must say that China has become a security threat to Japan.” The word “confrontation” is the key word in Taro Kono’s policy toward China.

From this content, it can be seen that as Japan’s domestic political situation continues to drift to the right, especially along with the continued U.S. containment policy toward China, it has become an irreversible trend for the Japanese political arena to turn tough on China.

However, according to the Japanese “Sankei Shimbun” reported on the 21st this month, someone previously reported on social media that the Kawano family founded the Japan Terminal Corporation (hereinafter referred to as “Japan Terminal”) which has inextricable links with China. The company was founded in 1960, the main production and sales of terminal blocks, connectors and other electronic equipment. Taro Kawano’s father, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Yohei Kawano, is the major shareholder, and Taro’s brother, Jiro Kawano, is the president. Taro Kono had joined the company in 1993 and later withdrew, but still holds shares in the company.

In response to these reports, Taro Kono made it clear on the 21st that “this has no impact at all on his own political activities” and that even though he holds shares in the company, “he has carefully done a good job of reporting his assets every time and there is no problem”

The LDP’s conservative forces will actively support Takashi Hayabusa, as the LDP’s major factions have said that the election is voluntary and not bound by factions. The security factors such as the recent launch of new missiles by North Korea will also bring more “electioneering votes” to the “diplomatic toughness” of Takashi Hayao.

Therefore, the election of the new president of the LDP and the new prime minister has in fact formed a duel pattern of “Taro Kono vs Sanae Takaichi “, and most likely, the new prime minister will be elected from these two on the 29th.

Whether Sanae Takaichi, who represents Abe, or Taro Kono, who has ties to Aso’s faction and Koizumi’s family, is elected, the common issue to be faced is the Chinese Communist Party, and which party is firmer in dealing with the issue can go farther on the political path.

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