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Gist of interpellations at the Upper House Budget Committee, March 17

  • 2015-03-18 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: March 18, 2015 – p. 4)

 

 Antiterrorism measures

 

 Toranosuke Katayama (Japan Innovation Party): Is there any possibility of terrorist attacks in Japan?

 

 National Public Safety Commission Chairperson Eriko Yamatani: We have no specific information on terrorism targeting Japan. We will continue to strengthen countermeasures.

 

 Katayama: Are adequate measures being taken for the G7 Summit and the Olympic Games?

 

 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: We will cooperate closely with the international community and do everything possible to collect and analyze information in order to strengthen measures to prevent terrorists from entering the country.

 

 Futenma relocation

 

 Yoshiki Yamashita (Japanese Communist Party): The citizens of Ginowan City (where the Futenma Air Station is located) are saying they cannot force the same pain on other Okinawans.

 

 Abe: We came to the conclusion that the only solution is Henoko relocation after considering many options. The Futenma base is located right in the middle of a residential area. Since the Henoko facility will be built in an area extending from the coast to the sea, the number of houses needing soundproofing will be reduced from over 10,000 to zero. This will fully contribute to reducing Okinawa’s base-hosting burden.

 

 Yamashita: Will assault landing ships be able to moor at the new U.S. military base in Henoko?

 

 Abe: The quay wall is absolutely not designed for the operation of assault landing ships.

 

 Defense Minister Gen Nakatani: There is no plan to build a so-called military port and there is no truth to the claim that the Henoko facility will become a new major operational base of the U.S. Marines.

 

 Radioactive contaminated water

 

 Mizuho Fukushima (Social Democratic Party): Is radioactive contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant under control?

 

 Abe: Radiation levels outside the harbor are way below the legal limit. Contamination is being blocked within the harbor, so my sense that it is under control remains unchanged.

 

 Right to collective self-defense

 

 Fukushima: Will it be possible to engage in minesweeping in the Strait of Hormuz?

 

 Abe: The limited exercise of the right to collective self-defense is authorized if the situation meets the three new conditions (for exercising the self-defense right). If the Strait of Hormuz is blockaded, preventing Japan’s access to oil and natural gas, there might be a critical impact on the country’s lifelines. (Abridged)

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