The Japanese Communist Party has emerged as that country's most wealthy political organisation.
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Background: TOKYO, JAPAN
The Japanese Communist Party has emerged as that country's most wealthy political organisation. According to official statistics published in Tokyo during September the net income of the Communist Party at nearly 20 thousand million yen (74 million US dollars) was nearly half as large again as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The Communist Party's tax free income is derived largely from donations, interest from bank deposits and sales of the three million circulation Party newspaper Akahata (Red Flag). The proceeds from the Party's bank accounts help to finance a chain of hospitals. Japan's Communist Party is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year making it the nation's oldest political organisation. In the 1980 general election the Party's share of the 511-seat lower house plummeted from 41 to 29. But membership has risen steeply in the last 20 years to just short of 500,000. The Party has been isolated in opposition because the major opposition party, the Socialists, have been leaning towards centrist groups in an attempt to topple the conservative Liberal Democratic Party government.
Source: REUTERS - KIMIAKI TANAKA