(Tokyo Shimbun: April 28, 2015 – p. 6)
Following is the gist of remarks made at the ruling party consultations on security legislation on April 27:
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Vice President Masahiko Komura (chairman): We ask the government to explain its basic thinking behind the bills.
Komeito deputy leader Kazuo Kitagawa (vice chairman): We need more time for discussion inside the party because many Diet members have not seen the key provisions of these bills.
Situations threatening Japan’s survival
Government representative: We believe that “situations threatening Japan’s survival” requiring the exercise of the right to collective self-defense and “armed attack contingencies” requiring the exercise of the right to individual self-defense may overlap frequently.
Komeito participant: Not just “frequently,” but the two situations basically overlap.
LDP participant: Situations threatening Japan’s survival may occur alone. I think we need to delete the expression “frequently.”
Komura: I ask that the chairman and vice chairman be given a free hand in coordination, including what has just been discussed. We hope the government will work on the full text of the bills. (LDP, Komeito participants agreed to give them a free hand.)