(Yomiuri: July 16, 2015 – p. 4)
Liberal Democratic Party
General Council Chairman Toshihiro Nikai: Since this is a major issue, it is important that the government and the party continue to make every effort to gain understanding. This is not a case of railroading. It is simply a matter of the opposition parties not participating (in the committee’s vote) to express their will. I think this is a satisfactory result.
Secretary General Yoshihisa Inoue: Thorough deliberations will also be conducted at the House of Councillors from now on. We will continue to make efforts to win the people’s understanding on the meaning and importance of the peace and security bills. It is regrettable that the Democratic Party of Japan and the Japanese Communist Party did not take a stand. If they are opposed to the bills, they should explain why. That’s the basis of parliamentary politics.
Democratic Party of Japan
Leader Katsuya Okada: I would like to protest the railroading of these bills that are most probably unconstitutional and will mean a drastic change in security policy. The Prime Minister admits that the people’s understanding is inadequate, so there is absolutely no need to pass the bills right now. Deliberations and a vote on the bills should be held all over again.
Japan Innovation Party
Leader Yorihisa Matsuno: We have insisted that the deliberations are inadequate and the people’s understanding is insufficient. This is an act of railroading that puts a stop to the deliberations arbitrarily. We submitted proposals that are more clear-cut than the government’s proposals. It is truly regrettable that they were voted down after only perfunctory deliberations. I told supreme leader Toru Hashimoto over the phone yesterday that we could not participate in the vote.
Japanese Communist Party
Chairman Kazuo Shii: I strongly protest this outrageous act of trampling not only on Article 9 of the Constitution, but also on the people’s sovereignty. The bills should not be passed in the plenary session of the House of Representatives. The opposition parties should be able to cooperate in preventing the railroading of the bills. We will do everything possible to unite the opposition parties.