Abe calls for LDP unity

The Yomiuri ShimbunPrime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party instructed its local organizations on Saturday to speed up preparations for the House of Representatives election.

“This is an election to ask how people’s lives and peaceful livelihoods can be protected from the threat of North Korea, and which parties can open up Japan’s future amid the declining birthrate,” Abe, who is also president of the LDP, said at a meeting of secretaries general of LDP prefectural chapters at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo.

“We will win the election in the end by firmly asserting our policies,” the prime minister added, calling for party unity.

Abe also warned of the realignment among opposition parties that focuses on Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, who leads Kibo no To (Party of Hope). “When [the LDP] returned to power in 2012, Japan was sinking into confusion. The previous boom [for a change in government] saw us lose political power. That led to confusion and economic stagnation,” Abe said.

A six-point outline of the party’s campaign pledges was presented at the meeting, which covered a range of issues, including: North Korea, Abe’s Abenomics growth policies, a “productivity revolution,” a “revolution in human resource development,” regional revitalization and constitutional issues. The LDP aims to put together its campaign pledges on Oct. 2.

At a street speech in Kobe on Saturday morning, Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi criticized the Democratic Party, which has decided to effectively be absorbed by Kibo no To. “The DP is not responsible and doesn’t have a sense of responsibility or consistency as a party. We can’t allow it to manage the future direction of Japan,” he said.Speech

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