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DPJ, JIP divided over gray zone on security legislation

  • 2015-07-08 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: July 8, 2015 – p.4)

 

 The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the Japan Innovation Party (JIP) decided on July 7 to separately submit their respective bills for territorial security responding to “gray zone situations” which are beyond police competence but are short of armed attack. The two parties had initially planned to jointly submit a bill, but their negotiation was broken off in a leadership meeting. The JIP proposed that the House of Representatives take a vote on the security legislation at the end of this month and the DPJ attend, but the DPJ rejected the proposal.

 

 In the meeting of the two parties’ secretaries general and Diet affairs committee chairmen, JIP Diet Affairs Committee Chairman Nobuyuki Baba insisted that in order to secure enough time for deliberation on the territorial security bill, the two parties should propose their bill to the ruling parties, with a vote scheduled for the end of July. The JIP also called for the DPJ to attend when taking a vote, according to sources in the two parties.

 

 According to a DPJ source, when Baba said, “Unless we decide an exit strategy, the ruling parties will force a vote,” JIP Secretary General Mito Kakizawa looked puzzled. Baba, elected from Osaka, is reportedly close to JIP supreme advisor Toru Hashimoto (Osaka mayor), who has a good understanding with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. On the other hand, Kakizawa, JIP Representative Yorihisa Matsuno, and other “non-Osaka group” JIP lawmakers have taken a policy for cooperating with the DPJ.

 

 Within the JIP, lawmakers have agreed to continue deliberation until the end of July as the deadline for the “60 days rule,” under which a bill rejected in the House of Councilors will be resubmitted for passage in the House of Representatives. However, while Baba and others insisted on taking a vote at the end of July, the “non-Osaka group” indicates the possibility of absence from vote.

 

 Regarding the JIP’s proposal to schedule a vote for the end of July and attend when taking a vote, DPJ Secretary General Yukio Edano said to the press, “We cannot cooperate (with the JIP) in giving the ruling parties a helping hand,” criticizing the JIP proposal.

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