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Japan's Democratic Party unveils manifesto for election

2009-07-28 13:12 BJT

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Japan's opposition Democratic Party has unveiled its campaign platform for the August 30th general election.

Yukio Hatoyama, leader of Japan's main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, speaks during a press conference at the party headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, July 21, 2009.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Yukio Hatoyama, leader of Japan's main opposition Democratic Party
of Japan, speaks during a press conference at the party headquarters
in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, July 21, 2009.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Pledges include improving people's livelihood, eliminating bureaucracy and wasteful spending, and adopting more pragmatic foreign policies.

The Democratic Party of Japan, or DPJ, aims to channel more money into households to stimulate growth. Its plans include creating a monthly child allowance, abolishing expressway tolls, waiving tuition fees for public high schools, and establishing a farmer subsidy system.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party or the LDP has ridiculed the DPJ's promises, saying the opposition can't fund them. But the DPJ argues that it can be done by rewriting the state budget and cutting wasteful spending.

On the foreign policy front, the DPJ advocates a more pragmatic approach. It would forge closer ties with the US based on an equitable partnership.

Surveys indicate the Democrats are likely to win next month's general election. That would halt more than a half-century of nearly-unbroken rule by the LDP and enhance chances of ending parliamentary gridlock.

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