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A Temporary Reprieve for Kishida and the LDP, But Challenges Remain

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A Temporary Reprieve for Kishida and the LDP

The re-election of Yuriko Koike as Tokyo governor has offered a temporary reprieve for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which has been facing increasing criticism. However, experts warn that this is not a reversal of the party's downward trend.

The LDP, despite not officially endorsing Koike, is seen as supporting her. Koike's victory in the election, which saw a record number of 56 candidates, is attributed to several factors. Her experience as a two-term governor, coupled with the lack of strong opposition candidates with specific policy proposals, contributed to her landslide win.

However, the LDP's losing streak in other major elections this year, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly by-elections, reflects a growing dissatisfaction with the party. The slush-fund scandal involving LDP factions has further eroded public trust.

While Koike's victory has temporarily halted the LDP's decline, it remains to be seen whether Kishida can address the internal criticism and secure his re-election as party president. The upcoming LDP presidential election and the next general election will be crucial indicators of the party's future.

Meanwhile, the emergence of new political figures like Shinji Ishimaru, who plans to enter national politics, poses a potential challenge to established parties like the LDP. The growing disappointment and distrust among voters towards these parties could lead to further shifts in the political landscape.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09