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Introducing the Japan Restoration Party

Well, we all knew it was going to happen. Who thought the ‘Japan Restoration Party’ wasn’t going to happen?

I don’t often translate documents wholesale for publishing, mainly because I prefer analysis (I translate for practice) but nevertheless since this is likely to be not the last time since these people enter this blog, might as well start covering them at inception.

Disclaimer: This is a rough translation of the Japanese Nikkei Article found here. I encourage you to visit it. All errors are my own, hence the original Japanese.

Japan Restoration Party 日本維新の会

Herd them! Herd them into the room!

橋下氏、「日本維新の会」結党を宣言 7議員参加 

Hashimoto announces the ‘Japan Restoration party’, 7 diet members attend

 

地域政党「大阪維新の会」の橋下徹代表(大阪市長)は12日、大阪市内のホテルで開いた政治資金パーティーで、新党「日本維新の会」の結党を正式に宣言、「日本全国で大戦(おおいくさ)をやって国の形を変えようとずっと言ってきた。今日、そのスタートを切る」と述べた。

Hashimoto Toru (Mayor Osaka) of the Regional Party ‘Osaka Restoration Party’ announced the opening of the ‘Japan Restoration Party’ at a Osaka Hotel. ‘A major battle has now commenced in all of Japan to change the characteristics of the nation. Today, we start the cutting (down) of the bureaucracy’ Mr Hashimoto announced.

大阪府・市を再編統合する大阪都構想の実現を目指して大阪維新の会が発足して約2年半。新党は次期衆院選の台風の目となりそうだ。

The Osaka District/City Reform movement, the ‘Osaka Reform Party’ has now been running for around 2 ½ years.  The new party will compete in the next diet elections with the eyes of the typhoon/ aggressively.

パーティーには新党に参加する松野頼久元官房副長官や松浪健太衆院議員ら、民主党、自民党、みんなの党に離党届を出した国会議員7人が参加。会場の壇上で橋下氏と次々と握手した。

At the party for the new political group seven Diet members of various political affiliations were seen attending. These included former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Yorihisa (A Keio Boy) of the DPJ, Matsunami Kenta (A Waseda Boy) of the LDP, amongst others. On a podium in the meeting place, Hashimoto shook hands with each of them

詰めかけた支援者に橋下氏は「東京一極集中でがんじがらめ。本当の意味での大阪の改革をやるなら、法律の改正をやるしかない」と前置きし、「国政政党をつくることを決めました。党名は『日本維新の会』です」と新党設立を宣言した。

According aides to Mr Hashimoto, ‘Reform is being blocked by Tokyo. The real meaning is that if we wish to reform Osaka, then we must reform the (national) legal system. ‘Additionally, the Party manifesto states that ‘We decided to create a national party. The parties name is the ‘Japan Restoration Party’

近く、総務省に新党設立を届け出る。新党の本部は大阪市に置き、次期衆院選までは橋下氏が代表、松井一郎大阪府知事が幹事長に就く。

In the near future, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will be notified of the new party. The party headquarters will be based in Osaka, where it shall have Hashimoto as a representative and Matsui Ichirou as party Secretary General until the election.

 日本維新の会は近く、今春始めた維新政治塾の塾生と、政治・行政の経験者を対象に次期衆院選候補者の公募を始める。既に衆院定数半減など基本的方針を示した綱領「維新八策」をまとめており、今後、個別の政策ごとに公約をまとめ、既存政党との差別化を図る。

The Japan Restoration shall field candidates from their reform study group which began this year in the spring with various political and other experienced personnel. All candidates shall follow the 8 point Restoration policy which they shall use in public to distance themselves from other candidates.

Again this is a very rough translation. Let me know if I have made any glaring errors in the comments below. Regardless of one’s opinion of Hashimoto, it was always clear he was going to be more than a mere regional player.

Here is a video of the Seven who have it appears resigned from their respective parties and are now defecting.


On a slightly different note; a lot of people seem to be reading my last post. Wonder why?

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