Happiness Realization Party

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Happiness Realization Party
幸福実現党
Leader Ryōko Shaku
President Ryuho Okawa
Chairman Hisshō Yanai
Secretary general Bunkō Katō
Founded 23 May 2009 (2009-05-23)
Ideology
Political position Right-wing
National affiliation Happy Science
Colours
  • Blue
  • yellow
Councillors 0
Representatives 0
Website
en.hr-party.jp
Party headquarters in Shibuya, Tokyo
Happiness Realization Party car sticker. Kyoto. 2010

The Happiness Realization Party (幸福実現党, Kōfuku Jitsugen-tō), abbreviated as 幸福,[1] is a Japanese political party founded by Ryuho Okawa on 23 May 2009 "in order to offer the Japanese people a third option" for the elections of August 2009. The HRP is the political wing of the conservative and anti-communist Happy Science religious movement.

Okawa is the current president of the party.[2] Lower taxes is one of the party's stated goals.

Electoral history[edit]

In 2009, the party had 345 candidates, placing it on the ballots of 99% of Japan's 300 constituencies.[1] Many perennial candidates such as Yoshiro Nakamatsu joined the HRP.[why?][3] Despite fielding a total of more than 1 million votes,[4] the party did not win any seats in the election.[5][6]

In 2012, the party again failed to gain any seats.[why?][7]

Manifesto[edit]

According to its manifesto, the group's goal is to more than double Japan's population to 300 million through making child-rearing easier for mothers. Other aims include actively accepting foreigners, taking more responsibility as a world leader, amending the pacifist Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution to be able to guarantee the safety and protection of its people against the military threat of North Korea, to encourage a nuclear-free world, grounded in a spirit of religious tolerance, and introduce a religion education, as they state, that is based on a universal spirit of love, compassion, spirit of self-help and be able to make the distinction between good and evil.[8]

Nevertheless, the group identifies itself as "conservative"[9] and is generally considered a right-wing party.[10] The party advocates a nuclear deterrent for Japan,[11] denies that the Nanking Massacre occurred[12] and has called for China to be expelled from the United Nations Security Council.[13]

The party has formed links to the American right, having attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2012, and bringing with them members of the Tokyo Tea Party.[4]

Administration[edit]

Jay Aeba is, as of May 2012, another leader in the group, with Yuki Oikawa as one of its officials.[4]

Criticism[edit]

According to The Japan Times, "for many, the Happies smell suspiciously like a cult".[8] The party has released promotional videos that claim North Korea and China are plotting to invade and colonize Japan after first subduing it through nuclear warfare.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NHKオンライン". Nhk.or.jp. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^ "幸福実現党|党役員". Hr-party.jp. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ Andrew Joyce (2010-06-30). "Japanese Politics — The Unusual Suspects". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "Can the Tea Party Take Japan?". The Atlantic. May 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "533". Pj News. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Pursuit Of Happiness - Happiness Tips". Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  7. ^ "The Happiness Realization Party". En.hr-party.jp. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  8. ^ a b McNeill, David (4 August 2009), "Party offers a third way: happiness", The Japan Times, retrieved 5 August 2009 
  9. ^ "The Happiness Realization Party". En.hr-party.jp. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  10. ^ Molly Ball. "Can the Tea Party Take Japan? - Molly Ball". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  11. ^ "The Happiness Realization Party". En.hr-party.jp. 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  12. ^ "The Happiness Realization Party". En.hr-party.jp. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  13. ^ "The Happiness Realization Party". En.hr-party.jp. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 

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