PRICES GO UP AT THE GATE
Gov't, DPJ embark on manifesto compilation for upper house election
Thursday 01st April, 06:15 AM JST
The government and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan on Wednesday embarked on the compilation process for a manifesto for the crucial House of Councillors election this summer.
Prime Minister and DPJ President Yukio Hatoyama, who chairs the committee, told the meeting that he believes it is important to review the progress made since the party issued its manifesto for last August’s House of Representatives election, which led the DPJ to assume power in September, before working out a new one.
Amid the nation’s severe financial conditions, the DPJ may have to reconsider a general election pledge to pay 26,000 yen a month per child of junior high school age or younger in fiscal 2011 and beyond.
Hatoyama said during the meeting, ‘‘I’ve heard that people are saying, ‘Can it (the DPJ) actually implement all of them (the pledges)?’ at a time when our financial resources are limited.’‘
Among the DPJ’s pledges for the lower house election, parliament has enacted a law to offer monthly allowances of 13,000 yen per child in fiscal 2010 starting April and another to waive tuition fees at senior high schools.