The Nippon Ishin No Kai (Japan Restoration Party) on Thursday unveiled its manifesto for the July 21 upper house election.
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, who co-heads the party with former Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara, said the party's pledges aim to achieve what no previous government has been able to, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Key policy pledges include achieving economic growth of more than 3%, enabling the public to directly elect the prime minister, scrapping the upper house, halving the number of seats in the lower house from 480 to 240, changing the consumption tax into a regional tax, reorganizing prefectures into larger regional blocs, joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) framework and ending the nation's reliance on nuclear power.
The manifesto also calls for a revision of Article 96 of the Constitution which stipulates procedures for amendments, as well as deregulation of the health care and agricultural sectors.
Referring to the controversy over Hashimoto's remarks on Japan’s wartime military brothels, the manifesto says the party will clarify historical facts and protect Japan's dignity, Sankei reported.
The Japan Restoration Party fared badly in last Sunday's Tokyo metropolitan assembly election, winning just two seats.© Japan Today