The party of the new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has suffered a heavy blow this Sunday with the results of the Senate by-elections in which the opposition won one of the two seats at stake. The elections are planned as a foretaste of the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 31st.
Projections by the public television network NHK and the Kiodo news agency suggest that Shinnosuke Yamazaki, with the support of the opposition, prevailed in Shizuoka Prefecture after defeating the Liberal Democratic Party candidate Kishida.
The Prime Minister was personally involved in the campaign to keep this seat and the other seat of Yamaguchi Prefecture, which is considered the bastion of the PDL. It is also the first election since Kishida took over the government on October 4th.
The PLD has tried to gain popularity with promises of income increases, the fight against inequality and an aid program to stimulate the economy hit by the coronavirus crisis.
The polls predict that the majority of the parties that support Kishida in the Shugiin, or House of Representatives, of the Japanese parliament stand before a powerful constitutional Democratic Party that leads the opposition and has promised to raise the minimum wage and taxes for the highest parts. The LDP has ruled Japan for 62 of the past 66 years.