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Sunrise Party of Japan (SPJ) Tachiagare Nippon

The Sunrise Party of Japan (SPJ - Tachiagare Nippon, literally "Rise up, Japan!") is a far-right Japanese political party, named by the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Shintaro Ishihara. Led by Takeo Hiranuma, the Party was formed on 10 April 2010 by five Japanese lawmakers and parliamentarians, including four former members of the Liberal Democratic Party. The "Code of practice" states that "Our party takes pride in protecting the life and property of Japanese culture and tradition, the rich natural land and environment, and to fulfill its national responsibility as a member of the international community aimed at constitutional independence." The Party wants Japan to "regain lost political confidence."

Some hawkish Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members, including former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Takeo Hiranuma, had left the party. First elected as a Member, House of Representatives (HR) in 1980, Hiranuma was Minister of International Trade and Industry in 2000, and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2001-2002.

In January 2012 it was reported that Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party) leader Shizuka Kamei, Tachiagare Nippon (Sunrise Party of Japan) chief Takeo Hiranuma and Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara had agreed to launch a new political party in March. Shintaro Ishihara held talks with Hiranuma and others about forming a new party, but appeared to drop the plan in April 2012 when he expressed displeasure with a report on a concrete framework for a new party. With a new party, Ishihara is attempting to create a third political force to rival the Democratic Party of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party in the next lower house election. He will likely seek cooperation with Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), which is led by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto. Five Diet members from the Sunrise Party of Japan, including its leader Takeo Hiranuma and Secretary General Hiroyuki Sonoda, are expected to join Ishihara's party.

On December 18, 2009 Takeo Hiranuma, an independent House of Representatives member and former economy, trade and industry minister, said "One of my missions is to form a new political party before the next House of Councillors election," expressing his eagerness to form a new party. He appears to be calling on lawmakers who have bolted the Liberal Democratic Party to join a new party.

On November 20, 2009 People's New Party (PNP) Representative Shizuka Kamei, who was also minister for financial affairs, held talks with former Economy, Trade, and Industry Minister Takeo Hiranuma, an independent, in the Diet building. In the session, Kamei sounded out Hiranuma on the idea of launching a new party by the PNP, the New Party Nippon, and the Hiranuma group. Kamei said to Hiranuma, "Let's work together again." In response, Hiranuma expressed his desire to discuss the matter in his group, saying, "I can't give you an answer right now." On November 19, 2009, with regard to his plan to form a new party with the New Party Nippon and the group led by former trade minister Takeo Hiranuma, an independent, People's New Party leader Shizuka Kamei, who was now serving as state minister for financial services, said at a press conference: "(Even if the new party plan is realized) my party will not withdraw from the coalition government. That's obvious," indicating his intention to maintain the present coalition framework.

The Japan Conference, a suprapartisan group of Diet members is chaired by former trade minister Takeo Hiranuma; the Japan Conference, a group of people from the private sector chaired by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Toru Miyoshi; and the Group Studying the Imperial House Law, which is headed by Shoichi Watanabe, professor emeritus at Sophia University, held a meeting February 2, 2006 at the Parliamentary Museum in Nagatacho, Tokyo. In the meeting, the three groups adopted a resolution opposing a "hasty revision to the Imperial House Law." They are concerned that if the government forces the measure through, public opinion will be split, and the Emperor's status could even be threatened.

There was a view common to the Ibuki and Komura factions favoring caution regarding the revision of the Imperial House Law, which is designed to allow females and their descendents to ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne. The Japan Conference, a suprapartisan group of Diet members chaired by Takeo Hiranuma, has collected signatures from 135 LDP lawmakers as of 01 February 2009 on a document seeking prudence on revising the Imperial House Law.

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