The Democratic Party will receive 8.56 billion yen in government subsidies, though the party suffered a devastating defeat in the latest race. The rightist “Nippon Ishin-no-Kai (Japan Restoration Party)” launched this year and the new-born “Nippon Mirai no To (Tomorrow Party of Japan)” will take in 2.7 billion yen and 865 million yen, respectively.
Under the system of government subsidies, political parties share the money funded by tax revenues as operational expenses, irrespective of people’s political affiliation, in violation of the freedom of thought and creed as guaranteed in the Constitution.
Government subsidies to political parties comprise a mandatory tax of 250 yen per capita. The subsidy the LDP is expected to receive will be equivalent to the tax paid by 58,360,000 people, but the number of votes the party obtained in the general election was only 16,624,457. The subsidy system will allow the party to obtain money from 41,735,543 more people. The DPJ will also receive the amount from 24,600,000 more people than the actual number of votes cast for the party.
The Japanese Communist Party consistently refuses to accept government grants and calls for the abolition of the system.
The amount of tax money other political parties will get paid is 2.56 billion yen (up12.6%) for the Komei, 1.79 billion yen (up 60.5%) for the Your Party, 542 million yen (down 29%) for the Social Democratic Party, 246 million yen (down 44.3%) for the People’s New Party, and 125million yen (up 4.5%) for the New Renaissance Party.