Social Democratic Party

Election loss fails to keep gay politician from campaigning for...
With a rainbow flag symbolizing sexual diversity, Taiga Ishikawa gives a stump speech in campaigning for the Lower House on Dec. 12. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Despite losing in the recent Lower House election, openly gay politician Taiga Ishikawa vows to fight on for the rights of sexual minorities.
LGBT politicians seek more clout for sexual minorities in...
Aya Kamikawa sits in her seat in the Setagaya Ward assembly. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) politicians are making a major push in public, and in secret, to give sexual minorities a bigger voice in government.
Upper House member Yoshida elected new head of opposition SDP
Tadatomo Yoshida, left, the new head of the Social Democratic Party, receives a bouquet of flowers from his defeated opponent, Taiga Ishikawa, following the SDP's intraparty election on Oct. 14 in Tokyo. (Hiroshi Kawai)
Vowing party reform and to increase pro-Constitution forces, Diet member Tadatomo Yoshida was selected as the new head of the opposition Social Democratic Party on Oct. 14, in...
Fukushima quits as head of SDP, but still sees political role
Mizuho Fukushima announces her resignation as the chairwoman of the Social Democratic Party at a news conference in Tokyo on July 25. (Satoru Senba)
Mizuho Fukushima, head of the Social Democratic Party for the last decade, resigned July 25 because of her party’s disastrous defeat in the Upper House election held last...
Party leaders debate constitutional revisions, foreign policy...
The leaders of nine major parties prepare to debate  on July 3. (Teruo Kashiyama)
Opposition parties, desperate to cut the lead of the ruling party ahead of the Upper House election, peppered Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with questions about his policies on the ...
Two liberal parties face uphill fight on Dec. 16
Left: Kazuo Shii, Japanese Communist Party chairman, speaks in Saitama on Dec. 8. (Ryo Kato), Right: Mizuho Fukushima, Social Democratic Party leader, speaks in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, Dec. 7. (Masahiro Iwao)
With the Dec. 16 Lower House election looming, Japan's two long-established left-leaning parties are struggling to make their voices heard in an increasingly hawkish debate.
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