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Issue #1684      May 13, 2015

JCP gains in local elections

In the second-half round of nationwide local elections on April 26, only the Japanese Communist (JCP) and Liberal Democratic (LDP) parties increased the number of their seats from the last elections four years ago.

The JCP won a total of 1,092 seats, up 62 seats from the previous election. The percentage of JCP members in local assemblies went up to 8.78% from the previous 7.76%.

The LDP added 145 seats to its pre-election strength while the Komei Party’s number fell by 14 and the Democratic Party of Japan by 129.

Following the election results, the JCP Standing Executive Committee issued a statement.

The following is an excerpt from the statement:

The JCP made a great advance in both the first half and second half of the nationwide local elections. The JCP Standing Executive Committee would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to all voters who voted for JCP candidates and to all the supporters, campaigners, and JCP members who worked hard to achieve the JCP advance.

During both election campaigns, the JCP focused on linking national government policies with local government policies. At a time when the use of the Abe administration’s war legislation became a real possibility, and there was a rise in strong public concern and criticism, the JCP attracted broad public support and attention.

Following its major advance in the first half of the elections, as a goal for the second half, the JCP put particular importance on seeking the victory of all JCP candidates. It achieved this goal in municipal elections held in 14 prefectures. Efforts made by JCP candidates in their 20s and 30s in the election campaigns provided a breath of fresh air in party activities.

Despite the overall success, the JCP in some electoral districts failed to secure its pre-election strength and the number of its votes declined. A major cause of this problem is a lack of JCP strength which is often cited as a particular weakness in the party’s election activities. This weakness was reflected in the results of the second-half round. Keeping this firmly in mind, let’s renew our determination to build a stronger JCP.

With its continuing advance since the 2014 general election, the party has succeeded in establishing a new connection with the general public. Utilising its increased strength, the JCP will continue fighting against the Abe government’s runaway policies and work hard to help develop public movements to protect peace, democracy, and people’s livelihoods.

Next article – Magnificent victory in Tripura

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