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Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo, and enact legislation preventing government surveillance of citizen communications

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Japan raise taxes on the rich?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes, and raise taxes on all income brackets

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should Japan increase or decrease military spending?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseIncrease

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Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in Japan, have the right to vote?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes, but only if releasing the information does not threaten our national security

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of the National Diet?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo, social media companies are private and should not be regulated by the government

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Japanese flag?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes, and adjust it every year according to inflation

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Japan raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseLower

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should tuition at public universities be free?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Free Trade

Should Japan pursue free trade deals with other countries?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Japan accept refugees from Syria?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes, and require a public audit each year they are in office

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseMore

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Funding

Should the government increase spending on healthcare?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to Japan be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo, funding should come from their members

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo, but we should ban immigrants from “high risk” countries

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Japan increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseDecrease, and deny aid to countries that harbor or promote terrorism

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they have finished serving their sentence

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo, and political campaigns should be publicly funded

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should the government increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseIncrease

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes, and ban all disposable products that are not made of at least 75% of biodegradable material

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into Japan?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes, and provide more free public transportation

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support basePro-choice

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseYes, we should respect all cultural traditions

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

LDP>LDP  Party’s support baseNo, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead