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CCS Suga says security legislation to be submitted to Diet in May

  • 2015-01-27 15:00:00
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(Yomiuri: January 27, 2015 – p. 2)

 

 When asked about the timing for submission of security legislation that will enable Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga clearly stated yesterday at a press conference: “The government is considering presenting the legislation to the Diet after the (extended) consecutive holidays (in May).”

 

 With the unified local elections coming up in April, the government apparently paid consideration to Komeito, the coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which places priority on the local elections and hopes to minimize the negative impact on the elections, by submitting the legislation after the consecutive holidays in May. This was the first time for a high-level government official to indicate the specific timing for submitting the legislation.

 

 The details of the legislation will be discussed at a panel comprising members of the LDP and Komeito as early as February. The panel is headed by LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura.

 

 Although the government intends to aim at establishing a permanent law to dispatch the Self-Defense Forces personnel, Komeito has maintained a cautious stance toward the LDP’s idea. Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi said at a general meeting of all his party’s lawmakers on Jan. 26 that “it is necessary to ensure that discussions (within the party) are properly reflected” in consultations with the LDP, keeping the LDP in check.

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