Japan’s oldest and youngest political parties woo disgruntled voters

Japan’s oldest and youngest opposition parties are heading into Sunday’s Upper House election with the same goal: to increase their numbers of voters unhappy with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito coalition and major opposition parties like the Democratic Constitutional Party of Japan and Nippon Ishin no Kai.

The Communist Party of Japan will celebrate its 100th anniversary on July 15, making it the oldest political party in the country. One of the youngest, Reiwa Shinsengumi, was founded in April 2019 by Taro Yamamoto, a former actor, television personality and Upper House representative for a small party.

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