Seiichiro Murakami publicly admits that he is a rebelling against his party, the LDP. The 62-year-old, 10-term veteran lawmaker renounces Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial policy of revising Japan’s security legislation because he says it is “unconstitutional.” In the past, he refused to cast a “yes” vote in the Diet for the State Secrecy Law, and publicly criticizes the so-called Abenomics, which heavily relies on financial easing and public works spending.
These political positions might make him look like a die-hard opposition politician, but Murakami considers himself a real conservative and says he represents the real LDP.
Murakami says the LDP, of which he has been a member since the beginning of his political career in 1986, has changed its ideological stance in the past 15 years or so, and it consistently shifted right – ward. Because Murakami has stood in the center and remained there while the party moved right, he has ended up finding himself today as an outlaw of the party.
Though Murakami is the only one in the LDP who publicly criticizes Abe’s security policies, he says there are many moderate and liberal politicians within the LDP who are unhappy with the current state of the party.
“They just can’t speak out against the party leadership because they need the party’s support for their reelection,” says Murakami.
They may remain quiet while Abenomics maintains its might and Abe’s approval rating remains relatively high, with the public support for Abe declining, we may hear more defiant voices from within the party.