Politics | Jan 18

Japan's Communist Party Appoints Tomoko Tamura as New Chairperson

TOKYO, Jan 18 (News On Japan) - Tomoko Tamura, a member of the House of Councillors, is set to take the helm as the first female leader of the Communist Party, raising questions whether the appointment could serve as a turning point for the party, which has seen a slump in popularity.

The new Chairwoman of the Japanese Communist Party emphasizes the need for sweeping societal changes and internal party reforms to achieve dramatic gender equality.

Tamura is particularly remembered for her relentless scrutiny of the Abe administration over the "Cherry Blossom Viewing Party." She criticized the event's cancellation by the Prime Minister's personal decision, labeling it an example of privatization. The event, known for offering free participation, barrel sake, other alcohols, hors d'oeuvres, sweets, and souvenirs, could potentially violate the Public Offices Election Law if funded personally by politicians.

A key expectation for Chairwoman Tamura is to increase party membership. The Communist Party faces challenges such as a decline in proportional representation votes and a reduction in the circulation of its newspaper, the "Shinbun Akahata." Additionally, the aging of its members has been cited as a cause of the party's declining fortunes. The previous chairman, Mr. Kazuo Shii, who served for 23 years and is now 69, faced calls for generational change within the party. Tamura, at 58, represents this new generation.

Tamura, a member of the House of Councillors for the Japanese Communist Party, expresses her commitment to ending the political dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party and spearheading a significant political advance for her own party.

Source: ANNnewsCH

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