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Saori Ikeuchi Profile

  • Member of the House of Representatives until 2017
  • Born in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture in 1982
  • Inspired by the Japanese communist party writer Takiji Kobayashi (The Crab Cannery Ship, 1929) she joined the party at the age of 21
  • Former vice chairwoman of the Democratic Youth League of Tokyo, Japan (Nihon Minshu Seinen Domei)
  • Although she received over 80,000 votes in the 2017 General Election, she did not win a seat in the parliament
  • Candidate for the next House of Representatives election working in Tokyo’s 12 wards (Kita ward as a whole, parts of Itabashi ward, Adachi ward and Toshima ward)

Saori Ikeuchi’s Policy

Protecting people’s dignity – creating a society which will not accept discrimination and violence

  1. Equality for women and men.
  2. Allowing married couples to choose their family name freely.
  3. Supporting women to be in top positions such as in politics, academic fields and medical fields.
  4. Overcoming gender gaps.
  5. Creating a society which will not allow sexual violence and sexual crimes.
  6. Creating a society which will not allow harassment.
  7. Creating a society which will not allow discrimination of the LGBT/SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) community.
  8. Banning hate speech and protecting the human rights of foreigners living in Japan.

For better living and working conditions in Japan

  1. Raise the minimum wage to 1000 Yen Japan-wide.
  2. Aiming at 1500 Yen as minimum wage within 3 years.
  3. Overtime work will be limited to 15 hours a week, 45 hours a month. Overtime work will be paid at every company.
  4. Ensure a raise in salary of 50,000 Yen per month for child care workers and special nursing home workers.

Parenting and Education

  1. School lunch and school uniforms should be free, including school material such as textbooks. School trips should be free as well. Parents should not be forced to pay for their children’s education until middle school.
  2. Increasing of authorized nursery schools to make sure all children will be able to join nursery schools. Making nursery schools and Kindergarten free.
  3. Cut the cost for universities and vocational schools in half. Aiming at providing free universities and vocational schools in the future.
  4. Supporting 700,000 students with 30,000 Yen per month for education, stop taking interest for student loans (called “Scholarships” in Japan).

Improving Social Security

  1. Stop raising of the already too expensive health insurance (plus tax) and let the government pay a part of the cost.
  2. Stop decreasing pension payments! Provide 60,000 Yen per year for people who receive a low pension payment.
  3. Government will pay the costs of children’s health care until they are 6 years old Japan-wide.
  4. Provide cheaper “Long-term care insurance” costs for people with lower salary.
  5. Free health care for handicapped people.
  6. Reestablish income support which was abolished by prime minister Abe.

Using Financial Resources

It’s not that the government has no money, they are just misusing it.

  1. 7.5 Trillion Yen can be provided by taking the following actions:
  2. a) Raise the tax for bigger companies and adjust the tax percentage according to small and medium enterprises.
  3. b) Profit which is made from stocks need to be taxed higher as well, the tax payment should rise with the stock profit to a certain extent.
  4. c) Stop spending unnecessary benefit money on the American military forces located in Japan.

The Japanese Constitution and Diplomacy for Peace

Based on the spirit of the article 9 of the Japanese constitution we all are responsible for creating peaceful diplomatic connections with other countries.

  1. Do not allow the change of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution to support peaceful international diplomacy and stop the LDP from proposing to change Article 9.
  2. The Japanese constitution does not allow the Japan Self-Defense Forces to leave Japan to join overseas armed conflicts, therefore we want to abolish laws which violate the recent constitution.
  3. Stop building the new military base Henoko in Okinawa and shut down Futenma military base to send the forces back to the US.
  4. Amendment of the U.S.–Japan Status of Forces Agreement.

Stop Nuclear Power, change to natural energy sources

Japan can survive without nuclear power.

  1. Stop re-activating nuclear power plants and start the process of all nuclear reactor shutdowns in Japan.
  2. Working together with other political parties to establish an anti-nuclear power law as one main goal.
  3. Striving to fulfill the requirements of the IPCC, Japan will convert 40% of its energy production into natural energy resources until 2030.

Achievements in the National Diet

No. 1

Create politics which will not accept violence and discrimination

  • Support of LGBT community rights.
  • Bringing the topics of sexual violence, prostitution of high school girls and forcing young people into the porn industry into the national diet building.
  • Addressing the outdated sexual violence laws at the diet building after 110 years.
  • Elimination of hate speech.

No. 2

Creating a society which supports all the children

  • The government should take responsibility for child care.
  • Stop children’s poverty.
  • Establish a society which will ensure good working conditions for women.

No. 3

Together with the people of the 12 wards

  • Withdrawal of the street construction plans which were not accepted by the local residents
  • Provide a safe living environment
  • Registering of births, marriages and deaths should continuously be done by the city hall and not by private authorized companies.
  • Against casinos/legal gambling in Japan.
  • Support refugees from nuclear accidents.