The challengers to the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and the long-established Liberal Democratic party, is a coalition of two political movements whose only common ground is opposition to the other two parties. In part three of our series on the Japanese electionson December 16 we look at the often contradictory views of the two sides of Japan’s new political force.

THE NEW force in Japanese politics, the Japan Restoration Party, a coalition of parties led by Shintaro Ishihara and Toru Hashimoto, now ranks third in nationwide opinion polls ahead of the December 16 general election.

The coalition was only formed in mid-November 2012 as a reaction ...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
Mr Hashimoto knows he cannot afford to disregard Tokyo if he wants to become a serious contender in the forthcoming election
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