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Gist of PM Abe’s remarks in Lower House plenary session, Jan. 27

  • 2015-01-28 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: January 28, 2015 – p. 7)

 

 Following is the gist of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s responses during the representative interpellation at the House of Representatives plenary session on Jan. 27. Questions were asked by Shigeyuki Goto (Liberal Democratic Party [LDP]), Seiji Maehara (Democratic Party of Japan), Mito Kakizawa (Japan Innovation Party), Kazuyoshi Akaba (Komeito), and Keiji Kokuta (Japanese Communist Party).

 

 Islamic State

 

 The despicable terrorist abduction of Japanese nationals as hostages is an abominable act. We strongly condemn this.

 

 Soon after (Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto) went missing last August and November, respectively, a local response headquarters was set up in Jordan to collect information and request the cooperation (of countries and others in the region). While this is a very serious situation, we will do everything in our power to make full use of the channels of communication we have developed so far and cooperate closely with the relevant countries to secure [Goto’s] early release. We have no information of any other Japanese being taken as hostage besides these two.

 

 Peace and stability in the Middle East is an extremely important matter from the standpoint of energy security and Japan’s contribution to international issues. The humanitarian aid to the surrounding countries that I announced during my recent trip to the Middle East is Japan’s inherent duty as a member of the international community. This is highly appreciated by the international community.

 

 It will not be possible to provide humanitarian aid if we become excessively afraid of risks and give in to threats. Japan will never give in to terrorism. We will continue to provide significant non-military aid.

 

 The government has issued an advisory to Japanese nationals to leave the Islamic State-controlled areas. We will continue to monitor Japanese intending to visit or stay in those areas and dissuade them individually.

 

 70th anniversary of the end of World War II

 

 In the previous war, our predecessors died while concerned for the future of Japan. Based on its deep remorse for the war, Japan has built a free and democratic country. It will never deviate from the path of a peaceful nation. It will contribute to peace and stability in Asia and the world through international cooperation under the policy of proactive pacifism.

 

 Okinawa

 

 We accept sincerely the election results (including the gubernatorial race in which the LDP-endorsed candidate lost). The relocation of the U.S. forces’ Futenma Air Station will fully contribute to reducing Okinawa’s base-hosting burden.

 

 Reactivation of nuclear plants

 

 I think it is quite natural that there are dissenting opinions but we simply cannot get rid of nuclear plants if we are to adopt a responsible energy policy. (Abridged)

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