Tomorrow Party of Japan

Tomorrow Party of Japan (日本未来の党, Nippon Mirai no Tō), also known as the Japan Future Party, was a Japanese political party, formed on 28 November 2012 by Governor of Shiga Prefecture Yukiko Kada and dissolved in May 2013.

Tomorrow Party of Japan
日本未来の党

Nippon Mirai no Tō
PresidentTomoko Abe
Secretary-GeneralTetsunari Iida
Founded28 November 2012 (2012-11-28)
Dissolved17 May 2013 (2013-05-17)
Merger ofPeople's Life First & Tax Cuts Japan
Succeeded byPeople's Life Party & Green Wind
HeadquartersŌtsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
IdeologyEnvironmentalism
Anti-nuclear power
Anti-TPP
Political positionCentre-left
ColorsGreen
Website
http://nippon-mirai.jp/

Kada created the party as an alternative to the then-ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and it quickly merged with former political runner Ichirō Ozawa's People's Life Party. It was the only political party which opposed nuclear power and the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership. After a complete failure at the polls in the 16 December 2012 general election the party collapsed, and it officially dissolved in May 2013 to little public notice.

HistoryEdit

There were talks with Mayor of Nagoya Takashi Kawamura and former Agriculture Minister Masahiko Yamada to further merge the Tax Cuts Japan into the TPJ as a single party. Some of the members of Green Wind also hinted at an intention to join the TPJ as well.

The party's policy platform for the 2012 general election included the elimination of nuclear power by 2022 and freezing the government's plan to raise the sales tax.[1]

It went into the election with 12 members in the upper house and 61 in the lower house, but performed poorly, with only nine members in the lower house being re-elected. The upper house members were not up for re-election.

Tensions grew within the party and on 29 December 2012 the Ozawa group split from the TPJ and formed the Life Party while suggesting continued cooperation between both parties. Tomoko Abe remained the only TPJ diet member, meaning that the TPJ could not maintain official party status in the diet, which requires five members. Abe and Kada sounded out Green Wind, which had four diet members, over a possible merger, but the talks were not successful.[2]

After the Shiga prefectural assembly passed a resolution requesting Kada to stop doubling as governor and the head of the TPJ, she resigned as head of the party on January 4, 2013.[3]

The remnants of the TPJ were dissolved, and its assets folded into Green Wind, in May 2013 under a much more concessionary deal.[4]

Presidents of TPJEdit

No. Name Term of office
Took Office Left Office
Preceding parties: People's Life First & Tax Cuts Japan
1 Yukiko Kada 28 November 2012 4 January 2013
2 Tomoko Abe 4 January 2013 17 May 2013
Successor parties: People's Life Party & Green Wind

Election resultsEdit

General election resultsEdit

Election Leader # of candidates # of seats won # of Constituency votes % of Constituency vote # of PR Block votes % of PR Block vote
2012 Yukiko Kada 121 9 2,992,365 5.02% 3,423,915 5.72%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nippon Mirai pledges 2022 atomic phaseout, tax freeze"
  2. ^ Johnston, Eric. "Ozawa, Diet cohorts keep party, subsidy, leave Shiga Gov. Kada with Nippon Mirai name only". Japan Times. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  3. ^ Daily Yomiuri Kada resigns as head of Nippon Mirai no To January 5, 2012
  4. ^ 未来、事実上の消滅 阿部代表がみどりの風に合流

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