Party for Japanese Kokoro

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The Party for Japanese Kokoro (Japanese: 日本のこころを大切にする党 Nippon no Kokoro wo Taisetsu ni Suru Tō, which literally means "The party that cares for Japan's heart") is a political party in Japan.

The Japan Restoration Party was formed on 12 September 2012 and was lead by mayor of Osaka, Tōru Hashimoto, and Shintaro Ishihara. The party split in 2014 due to a disagreement over a merger with another party.[1] Ishihara left to form the Party for Future Generations (Japanese: 次世代の党 Jisedai no Tō) on 1 August 2014.[2]

The party lost many seats in the 2014 Japanese general election. They received 2.65% of the vote.[3] Ishihara announced his retirement from politics two days after the election.[4]

According to Ayako Mie, the party's policies are "a mix of conservative security policies, stricter immigration laws and advocacy of traditional values on the one hand, and 'liberalism' in economic areas on the other, such as pursuing regulatory reform."[5] The party is also patriotic.[6][7] The party is seen as right-wing[8] or far-right.[9]

The current party leader is Kyoko Nakayama.[10]

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  1. Yoshida, Reiji; Mie, Ayako (28 May 2014). "Hashimoto, Ishihara to break up Nippon Ishin; opposition realignment seen accelerating". Japan Times. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 9, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  3. "「誰が国会で慰安婦問題を聞くの?」 次世代の党、存続の危機…首相の政権運営にも影" ["Who will ask Diet questions about the comfort women issue?" Party for Future Generations' existence in danger, casts shadow on PM's administration]. Sankei Shimbun (in Japanese). 21 December 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  4. "石原慎太郎氏が政界引退 「さばさばした気持ち」" [Shintaro Ishihara to retire from politics: "relieved feeling"]. Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). 16 December 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  5. Mie, Ayako (July 24, 2014). "Ishihara's new party embraces 'neoconservative' policies". The Japan Times. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  6. Ruling denying welfare for foreign residents finds homegrown, biased support The Japan Times. 17 October 2014.
  7. Clint Richards (17 October 2014). "Japanese Nationalists Target Foreign Welfare Recipients". The Diplomat. 
  8. Liu Tian; Feng Wuyong (2 December 2014). "News Analysis: Japan's LDP may see "unpopular victory" as opposition camp split, electoral system twisted". Xinhuanet. 
  9. Tomohiro Osaki; Shusuke Murai; Eric Johnston (14 December 2014). "LDP clinches hollow victory as opposition options elude". The Japan Times. 
  10. "次世代の党、中山恭子新党首を選出 松沢氏の離党了承" [Party for Future Generations elects Kyoko Nakayama as new leader, accepts Matsuzawa's resignation]. Nikkei 28 August 2015 (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 September 2016. 

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