Japan started campaigning on Thursday for the parliamentary election that is scheduled on July 21. Opinion polls predict a major victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his economic revival plan also known as “abenomics”, the media reports.
At the moment, Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) controls half of the seats in the upper house of Parliament, while the other half is controlled by his main opponents, the Democratic Party. In December, LDP defeated by far the Democrats in the quest for the more powerful lower house of Parliament and the surveys so far suggest the same thing will happen in the upper house, according to the international press.
If Abe will control both houses of Parliament, that would make it easier for him to push forward the “abenomics” doctrine, which mixes a cocktail of monetary stimulus, government spending and promised economic changes meant to take Japan out of its deflationary crisis.
“It is clear our economic policies are starting to work — please trust that we can carry through. You have seen that with the Liberal Democratic Party, today has been better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today. But there are still those in Parliament who insist on getting in the way,” the Liberal Democratic candidate Yoshitada Kounoike said to voters.
“I make this promise to you: Japan’s economy can grow,” Abe told his first election rally in the city of Fukushima. “Let us strive to be No. 1 again. Let us bring Japan back to the world’s center stage.”
The LDP has to win 63 of the 121 contested seats in this election.