Vote 2017: The Causes in LDP Victory

by Muscle Konishi on November 14, 2017 - 12:10am

In Japan, the house of representatives’ snap election was held on Oct.22th, 2017. This snap election was held to ask the public about the authenticity of the current ruling coalition before the North Korean’s situation become bad (Yoshida.R, 2017). In this time, there are many parties participated this election, mainly the side of ruling party was the liberal democratic party and the opposition parties were the party of hope, Constitutional Democratic Party and the other five parties. All parties waved their banner of election manifestos, but the liberal democratic party victory. And ruling coalition could capture 183 seats of 226 such districts, or more than 80 percent. (Asahi Newspaper, 2017) Now, I’m going to write about the three reasons why the liberal democratic party could win this election. First, the opposition parties breaking up Second, Ms. Koike’s mistakes. Third, the mass media tendency broadcasting.

The first reason why the liberal democratic party won this election is the opposition parties have divided into other parties and joined to other parties. In this election, there are seven nongovernment parties participated and fought with ruling coalition. However, all parties had their own policies and they wanted to break the government of the liberal democratic party and they didn’t combine their opinions, so they couldn’t get some votes from citizens. If they had worked together and made better policies, they could have won or get more seats, I think.

The second reason why the liberal democratic party could win this election was Ms. Koike who is the top of the party of hope took some mistakes on this election. In the first place, Ms. Koike is the governor of Tokyo. When she became that, she said, “I will change this city better and succeed in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”. The Tokyo citizens believed that words, but in this time, she decided to have a new party and combined with the Democratic Progressive party to get some members of the diet. In addition, she said, “I will eliminate all of things that against me.”. After she said the word, ‘eliminate’, she lost her trust of citizens and she couldn’t win this election. Now, she is continuing her jobs as a Tokyo governor and for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but her approval rating went down after this election. I think. Now, she should restore her trusts.

Third reason why the liberal democratic party could win this election is the mass media said that the opposition parties aren’t good. Now, in Japan, many mass media are broad casting their programs freely. That is also in the internet media. Originally, the mass media should broadcast equally and from neutral side about the politics, but these days, they are casting propensity programs. For example, one mass media broadcasted about the Ms. Koike’s statement was very bad. In addition, another one broadcasted about the Right Wing. Therefore, the citizens assumed that the opposition are not better for us to vote them, then they lost some trusts from citizens. The mass medias have biggest power of brainwashing the citizens, so they should reconsider about their broadcasting regimes to get back into a neutral side.

From these three things, the democratic party could win this election. First, the opposition parties couldn’t get some trust from citizen. Second, Ms. Koike made some mistakes. Third, the mass media’s plot. Now, the prime minister Abe must keep his policies and do not do something that may lost the trusts from citizens.


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