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Public funding of elections
On April 6, the Ministry of General Affairs and Telecommunications announced its dispensation of public campaign funds to the established parties.
The winners and their winnings (in yen) are:
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
Minna no To (Your Party)
Social Democratic Party (SDP)
People's New Party (PNP)
Kizuna Party (Kizuna)
Tachiagare Nippon (Sunrise Party)
Japan New Party (JNP)
Shinto Kaikaku (New Renaissance Party - NRP)
Shinto Daichi-True DPJ
The ones making out like bandits are the PNP, who after the coup last week will be splitting up amongst the six remaining members an apportionment for eight.
The Japan Communist Party (JCP), out of principle and/or basic stupidity (at times the two resemble one another), does not take public funds.
Seats in the Diet, both Houses
Following the resignations of Kamei Shizuka and Kamei Akiko from the PNP and the dissolution of the caucus linking the PNP and the JNP, the memberships of the Houses of the Diet are divided as follows.
House of Representatives
DPJ-Club of Independents 291
LDP-Association of Independents 120
New Komeito 21
Your Party 5
Shinto Daichi- True DPJ 3
Sunrise Party 2
House of Councillors
LDP-Sunrise Party-Association of Independents 86
New Komeito 19
Your Party 11
SDP-League to Protect the Constitution 4
Shinto Daichi- True DPJ 2
The Shinryokufukai is a party is a political relic, existing only in the name of the House of Councillors caucus.
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