Japan opposition new name seen as risk ahead of election

TOKYO A new name unveiled by Japan's main opposition party and a smaller group with which it is set to merge has come under fire, as analysts warn the the rebranding could more harm than good just months away from a national election.
Leaders of the two parties announced the new name, Minshinto - provisionally translated as Democratic Innovation Party (DIP) - on Monday based on surveys asking voters to choose between two options.
The bigger Democratic Party of Japan will thus abandon a label under which it has battled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party for two decades, but... read more

 
15 March 2016 in World News, Views: 24
Source: Reuters
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