【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: 幽蘭自得 Translator: Ranting
Recently, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) released its campaign manifesto for the Oct. 31 House of Representatives election, focusing its efforts on ending the COVID epidemic and promising to rebuild the middle class and defend against an increasingly assertive Chinese Communist Party.
According to Reuters, LDP political poll chairman Sanae Takaichi said at a press conference, “We want to show practical measures and appeal to the people, first and foremost, on how to deal with the coronavirus… and bring peace of mind and hope to the people.”
The LDP manifesto highlights measures to prevent the epidemic, including the provision of oral antiviral drugs this year, as well as Kishida’s vision for achieving “new capitalism,” which focuses on economic growth and wealth redistribution.
The declaration said it would expand support for small and medium-sized enterprises affected by the outbreak and provide subsidies for businesses entering new industries.
On security issues, the LDP said it would “reconsider” its response to the expansion of military activities by the Chinese Communist Party near the Taiwan Strait and the disputed islands of China and Japan in the Western Pacific Ocean.
In recent decades, Japan’s defense spending has remained at about 1% of GDP. The LDP said the government will work to increase the defense budget “with a view to reaching or even exceeding 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).”
In addition, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), the approval rate of Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is 49%, lower than that of his predecessors when they first took office. It has been just one week since Fumio Kishida became prime minister and formed a new government.
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