Family Name: Edano
Given Name: Yukio
Party: Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan
Role: Party President and Leader of the Opposition
IR Stance: Opponent
Profile: Trained as a lawyer, Edano was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1993. During the Democratic Party of Japan regime, he rose to the office of Chief Cabinet Secretary and was later the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. During the Abe era, Edano remained a top executive in the opposition party ranks. In October 2017, he formed a new political party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, and emerged as the Leader of the Opposition.
Yokohama Harbor Transport Association Chairman Yukio Fujiki may be the top leader of opposition to an IR bid at Yamashita Pier, but a chorus of other voices arose last week, making clear that he is far from alone, and that Mayor Fumiko Hayashi will be facing heavy dissent over her unpopular decision.
Despite the enthusiasm of the Tomakomai municipal government, dark political clouds seem to be gathering over the prospects for an IR bid from Hokkaido.
It is now expected that opposition parties will call for a “no confidence” motion against the government, though it will be easily voted down by the ruling coalition which dominates the legislature.
Yukio Edano, the top opposition leader in the country, told an audience in Saitama city that the establishment of IRs in Japan is tantamount to “selling the country,” and a system in which the gambling losses of the Japanese people would be used to line the pockets of rich American businesspeople.
Yukio Edano, leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the top opposition leader in the nation, stated at a party meeting last Thursday that he was prepared to submit a motion of “no confidence” against the Abe Cabinet and, if necessary, to fight a snap general election in order to prevent passage of the IR Implementation Bill.