Noda may call elections next month

7 years ago by in Featured, Japan

Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda is inclined to call an election as early as next month, under growing opposition pressure to keep his promise to call a vote “soon” and as he tries to assure backing for a controversial U.S.-led free trade pact.

Noda has a record low public support for his cabinet, of under 20 percent, but is trying to emulate charismatic leader Junichiro Koizumi’s election gamble from 2005, when he surprisingly won the election by presenting the privatization of the giant postal system as a symbol of vital reforms, political analysts say.

Noda is now hoping to obtain backing for the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact in his Democratic Party of Japan’s (DPJ) new campaign platform.

“We will simultaneously pursue the TPP and the free trade agreement between Japan, China and South Korea and this stance will be included in our manifesto,” Noda said.