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Election this weekend, PM attends pep rally

Date Posted: 2001-07-28

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid a short visit to Okinawa and spoke in public, Tuesday, in Naha, in order to support the Liberal Democratic Party candidate, Junshiro Nishime in the election of the House of Councilors, or the Upper House of the Japanese Parliament. The election will be held on July 29.

Koizumi asked the public’s support for the candidate who, he said, would help Okinawa develop.

Over 10,000 people had gathered in front of Palette Kumoji in Naha City to hear him speak, proving that the prime minister is extremely popular also in Okinawa.

On the other hand, Kantoku Teruya, a current lawmaker representing Okinawan constituency in the Upper House, emphasizes in his speeches citizen-centered ideas and localism. He is supported by the Okinawa Central Labor Union (Okinawa Rengo), and organization that in itself is struggling hard trying to get more members to join the Union.

Japan Communist Party’s candidate Sougi Kayo is pushing forward with his anti-LDP policy and at the same time, trying clearly distinguish his policy from Teruya’s. He is seemingly having a hard time acquiring support from people who have no particular party affiliation. He says that he looks forward to gaining more support among the last minute voters thanks to his personal popularity.

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