Leaders of Japanese political parties opened campaigning on Monday (20 November) for the General Elections scheduled for December 10.
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Background: Leaders of Japanese political parties opened campaigning on Monday (20 November) for the General Elections scheduled for December 10.
Japan's 73 million voters are being faced with slogans and policies that promise to cure the ills arising from the country's fast post-war economic growth.
Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, campaigning for the first time since he assumed the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party, drew crowds of about two thousand people at three speaking engagements.
About a thousand people attended a rally in Shinjuku when Mr. Akira Kuroyshagi opened the campaign for the second-largest opposition party, Komeito. But only 700 people heard Mr. Tomomi Narita, chairman of the leading opposition group, JSP (socialist), attack Mr. Tanaka's policies and promises.
Candidates will be contesting 491 seats in the Lower House. The current status is: Liberal Democrats 297; JSP 87; Komeito 47. The Democratic Socialists and Communists hold the rest.
SYNOPSIS: Several thousand people crowded into Ginza Street, Tokyo, to listen to Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.
Seventy-three million Japanese voters will decide on December 10 whether they want Mr. Tanaka and his Liberal Democrats to stay in office. The fifty-four-year-old Premier told the Ginza Street crowd he had ambitious plans to reform Japan. The policies would maintain a balance between the needs of industry and those of the public. He would overcome pollution and rising prices, both of goods and of land.
At Shibuya, only about seven hundred people tuned up to hear the chairman of the leading opposition party, the socialist JSP, Tomomi Narita.
They heard Mr. Narita, whose party now holds eighty-seven seats against Mr. Tanaka's two hundred and ninety-seven, bitterly attack the Prime Minister's policies.
At Shinjuku there were about a thousand supporters for Mr. Akira Kuroyanagi, who was opening the campaign for the other main opposition party, Komeito, which has forty-seven seats in the Lower House.
The main election issues are likely to be the ill-effects of Japan's rapid post-war economic growth, as well as defence.