Agency: Japan’s antiwar, pro-democracy Communist Party has very little support in polls. But, for the first time, it has teamed up with other opposition parties ahead of Sunday’s elections, making it a handy boogeyman for Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
The Liberal Democrats are not likely to lose power. But with their popularity sagging amid a weak economy and questions over their handling of the coronavirus, they have tried to change the subject by painting the vote as a choice between democratic rule and Communist infiltration.
The Japan Communist Party has long provoked government animosity and been labeled a security threat — even though it broke with the Soviet Union and China in the 1960s, and is one of the Chinese Communist Party’s biggest critics in Japan.
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