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EDITORIAL: Joint opposition camp needs clear policy agenda for fall election

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While the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election, which will effectively choose the nation’s new leader, is drawing public attention, opposition parties are gearing up for the Lower House election.

Four opposition parties joining hands need to offer a viable alternative to the coalition of the LDP and its junior partner, Komeito, to make their alliance work.

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Japanese Communist Party, the Social Democratic Party and Reiwa Shinsengumi on Sept. 8 agreed on a set of policy proposals forwarded by a citizen advocacy group called the Civil Alliance for Peace and Constitutionalism.

The common policy platform they have adopted has six planks including restoration of politics based on the Constitution, enhancing measures to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic based on science and realizing a fair and transparent administration that rejects any abuse of power by politicians.

It is designed to undo the negative legacies of the past two administrations of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his successor, Yoshihide Suga.

The civil alliance was formed at the end of 2015 as a byproduct of protest rallies against new national security........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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