Elected to head the opposition Democratic Party for the People for three more years, Yuichiro Tamaki faces a difficult road in boosting his new party's fortunes ahead of next year's Upper House election.

Tamaki, 49, was declared the winner over Keisuke Tsumura, 46, another Lower House member, at the DPP convention held at a Tokyo hotel on Sept. 4. In the election, the votes of Diet members, prospective candidates for national elections, local assembly members and party members and supporters were counted.

Tamaki had been co-representative of the party, which was formed in May through the merger of the Democratic Party and Kibo no To (Hope), until the election.

In the presidential election, Tamaki revised his position of seeking to resolve issues rather than simply confronting the government. He campaigned on a stance that a more confrontational approach was needed against the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Tamaki argued for the establishment of a joint election headquarters involving all the other opposition parties, with the exception of the Japanese Communist Party, to prepare for next year's Upper House election.

Stressing the need for new policy proposals, Tamaki also came out with a plan to deal with the declining birthrate by offering couples 10 million yen ($89,800) in government money for every child born beyond the second one.

Tsumura's main argument was that a change at the top of the party was needed given the long period in which its support rate has stood at low levels. He argued that there was no future for the party by simply moving along the same course.

Tsumura argued for including the JCP in forming a joint front to take on the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in next year's Upper House election.