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TOKYO: Campaigns are up and running on the main streets of Japan’s big cities as politicians compete for voters’ attention ahead of the upcoming election for the House of Representatives.
The competition can be fierce.
Shinjiro Koizumi, the son of former Prime Minister Junichi Koizumi, offered his support to Akihisa Nagashima, a former vice-minister of defense in the former Hatoyama government, at Kichijoji Station in Tokyo’s eighth electoral district.
Nagashima is running for election and opposes another former prime minister, Naoto Kan because he has allied with the Communist Party. Nagashima is one of several conservative politicians who wants to change the constitution and revise the security policy so that Japan can defend itself in the event of a military confrontation with China.
In his speech at Kichijoji, Nagashima denounced China’s daily military incursions near the Senkakus islets. He also expressed concern about youth unemployment due to the pandemic and stagnant wages.
Koizumi praised the government of recently retired Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in which he served as environment minister. He advocated renewable energies as being beneficial to the Japanese economy.
During his speech in support of Nagashima, Koizumi supported the review of Japan’s security policy and the digitization of society.
Like his father – a late convert — Koizumi wants Japan to abandon nuclear power.