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Japan Restoration Party formally disbands

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The second largest opposition party, Japan Restoration Party, on Sunday formally decided to disband and split into two parties.

Co-leader and Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto addressed party members at a conference in Osaka, while party co-founder Shintaro Ishihara joined via video link from Tokyo.

Hashimoto and Ishihara made the decision last month to go their separate ways over differences on a proposed merger with the Unity Party and constitutional reform.

The Unity Party rejects Ishihara's drive to scrap the U.S.-inspired post-World War II constitution. Ishihara, 81, told the meeting that he cannot accept the view of the Unity Party because it does not accept the establishment of an independent constitution, TBS reported. He said that he will support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in some areas, such as moves to reinterpret the constitution to allow the right of collective self-defense.

Ishihara has long advocated the creation of a new constitution which allows Japan to have strong armed forces which can go to war. The present charter bans the use of force in settling international disputes.

Ishihara's own Sunrise Party joined Hashimoto's in late 2012, when he renounced the Tokyo governorship to return to national politics through general elections in which the conservative Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) regained power with a landslide victory.

But the two men have differed on important issues including nuclear power.

Ishihara has pushed for the restarting of nuclear reactors which were switched off after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami sparked meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Hashimoto told the Osaka gathering he was sorry the party had to dissolve. However, he said he will go back to basics and make a fresh start as a new opposition force.

The LDP has a solid majority of 295 seats in the lower house and a near-majority 115 seats in the upper house, where it is aligned with the New Komeito Party.

The Japan Restoration Party has 53 seats in the 480-seat lower house of parliament and nine in the 242-seat upper chamber. The Unity Party has nine seats in the lower house and five in the upper house.

Of the 62 Japan Restoration Party lawmakers, 37 will join Hashimoto, 23 will go with Ishihara, while two will become independents.

The two new parties are expected to be formed by the end of July.

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Now all them should just go away.

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Watching these uncompromising right-wing politicians splintering off into smaller, whackier and insignificant parties is welcome news. The funny part is that even though they must realise they are splitting the crazy-vote, they just can't help themselves.

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May 26, 2014

ASAHi POLL: 67% deem Abe's plan to reinterpret Constitution as 'improper'

ASAHI POLL: 67% deem Abe's plan to reinterpret Constitution as 'improper'

http://ajw.asahi.com

Nearly 70 percent of voters believe Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is resorting to "improper" procedures in his drive to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed.

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Ishihara sounds he wanted to go back to LDP. With these polls, Abe can not afford Ishihara in his party. Abe has to worry Ishihara will work to become LDP chair and PM.

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81? Please retire, there are no new ideas coming from an 81 yo.

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I hope Hashimoto's party will focus on reforms and the economy and leave all the war related stuff to the 127-year old guy.

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There're few news items to wake up to in the morning that make me smile more than one like this one. It's nice to see when even the nuts can't agree with one another. Divide and conquer, baby. Divide and conquer.

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Status quo restored...mission accomplished!

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And the game of musical chairs to the Benny Hill theme song continues. These guys are such a joke! They don't get their way so they dissolve parties and form new ones. How many parties is this for Ishihara now? for Hashimoto? Knowing the latter he'll probably disagree with someone about the name of the new party and then dissolve it to form yet another.

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There was no reason for this party, but now there is a reason to party.

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Easy Come, Easy Go.

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Why don't they just give up the act already and name the new parties "The Ishihara Fan Club" and "Hashimoto Worshippers" already?

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They should name the new parties accurately as Dumb and Dumber. Not sure which is which,,,

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I think it's very reassuring to see that, even at his great and venerable age, Mr ishihara still maintains a full and healthy-looking head of dark orange hair.

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Somehow and somewhat reminds me of the Weimar Republic. More and more parties (of course money-talk too). And some day there will be so many of them ... .... not being able to make any decisions ... .. and someone will call for the "strong man". Wonder, if that will be Abe or one of his cohorts!?!

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'Hashimoto and Ishihara made the decision last month to go their separate ways'

Both ways leading to precisely nowhere. Abe is fluttering his eyelashes at the nutters on the right anyway.

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Watching these uncompromising right-wing politicians splintering off into smaller, whackier and insignificant parties is welcome news. The funny part is that even though they must realise they are splitting the crazy-vote, they just can't help themselves.

Spot on

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Cricky JUN. 23, 2014 - 08:59AM JST 81? Please retire, there are no new ideas coming from an 81 yo.

Not like he had any good ideas from the beginning. If he retired much earlier, it would actually have done Japan a big favour.

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Maybe we should start giving suggestions to Ishihara and Hashimoto on new party names. There have been a couple of good ones already, particularly "Dumb" and "Dumber" (agreed it's not clear who should take which), but let's roll out a few more to save them a bit of trouble.

Ishihara:

"The Very Very Old Boys' Club" "We Can Blink More Than You Party" "The Stop Pollen Agenda Party" "I'm Already Old. Let's Start WWIII Party" "Vote For Us and We Can Help Restoration in the North With the Olympics in Tokyo Party"

Hashimoto:

"The My Way or the Highway Party" (the media is not allowed to comment negatively!) "The Let's Destroy the Education System Party" "The Ruler of the Sandbox Party" "The, 'hey, others did it (no proof), So Why Are We Being Singled Out Party" "The Post-Denial, Non-Apologetic Party" "The Whiny-baby Party for Adults"

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Hashimoto told the Osaka gathering he was sorry the party had to dissolve. However, he said he will go back to basics and make a fresh start as a new opposition force.

Anyone remember when Hashimoto promised to quit if his party lost? No chance of that happening??? A girl can dream.

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Given the sheer unwarranted hostility towards Japan on the international stage, including on this forum, it is hoped that hashimoto and ishihara's remain a permanent fixture in japanese politics for years, if only to irritate foreigners, however disagreeable i find their characters.

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Ever wonder why people are hostile? Japan does itself no favours with their behaviour.

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ANewAsia: because obviously they are doing an amazing job by quitting or dissolving three or more parties in as many years over temper tantrums.

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@tmarie what behaviour? I don't recall visiting yasukuni. I don't deny japanese atrocities in the wars. I absolutely resent sexist slurs. This applies for a good majority for japanese, who voted the ldp and restoration in to fix the economy. You want to paint us with the same brushstroke?

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ANewAsia JUN. 23, 2014 - 09:10PM JST @tmarie what behaviour? I don't recall visiting yasukuni. I don't deny japanese atrocities in the wars. I absolutely resent sexist slurs. This applies for a good majority for japanese, who voted the ldp and restoration in to fix the economy. You want to paint us with the same brushstroke?

You people sure love semantics and drag this meaningless argument away from the main topic. If you are not guilty, there's nothing to be mad about. And "unwarranted hostility"? Give me a break, I'll be a rich man if I get a penny every time a right-winger screams about victimhood, why is it only Japan that gets the blame? Same old bullcrap whinging.

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The restoration of Japan is important. The Japanese culture was greatly influenced by American's aggressiveness, machiavelism (do anything-even an unethical way-to achieve a goal) and mammonism (worshiping money). Many Japanaese are not aware of this fact. How to restore Japan? That is a big question. I say the approach should come from each of us, Japanese, by going back to more spirituality rather than materialism; however, we also need a group of politicians who can focus on the restoration of good JAPAN by removing the bad part of American's influence.

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@vincehwr i have never claimed that japanese and japanese alone have been victimised. Your characterisation of us however is a textbook example of racism and you should be ashamed of yourself. Japanese do not deserve such condescenfing treatment by know-it-all hypocritical foreigners. This is sufficient cause to be "mad". If you have such a great bone to pick with japanese, it is adviseable that you simply not concern yourself with Japan's current affairs any longer. If you are resident in japan, spare yourself our company and get lost to under whichever rock you crawled from.

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ANewAsia: If you have such a great bone to pick with japanese, it is adviseable that you simply not concern yourself with Japan's current affairs any longer. If you are resident in japan, spare yourself our company and get lost to under whichever rock you crawled from."

The usual, pathetic reply from wingers who cannot reply with any logic or reason.

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