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Diet to adopt resolution condemning North Korea’s nuclear test

  • 2016-01-07 15:00:00
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(Mainichi: January 7, 2016 – p. 5)

 

 By Kei Sato and Hiromi Makino

 

 In response to North Korea’s announcement of “its first successful hydrogen bomb test,” lawmakers in the House of Representatives have begun coordination to adopt a resolution of condemnation in the plenary session as early as Jan. 8. Lawmakers of the House of Councillors will follow suit. The ruling and oppositions parties are in lock step in criticizing North Korea’s nuclear test, which supports the government of Japan’s position.

 

 The plenary session of the House of Representatives began on Jan. 6. During Diet questioning, six leaders of both the ruling and oppositions parties referred to the nuclear test. In response, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “Japan will cooperate with the international community including U.S., South Korea, China, and Russia to take a resolute step.”

 

 The Liberal Democratic Party held the first meeting of the taskforce on North Korea’s nuclear test and announced a statement: “The nuclear test poses a serious threat to Japan’s safety and is absolutely unacceptable.”

 

 The junior coalition partner Komeito Party held a meeting of the party task force in the Diet. Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi emphasized, “We cannot tolerate such outrageous behavior.”

 

 Democratic Party of Japan President Katsuya Okada issued a statement: “If it is true that a hydrogen bomb was tested, this will mean a significant increase in the nuclear threat.”

 

 Japan Innovation Party Representative Yorihisa Matsuno called for cooperation with the U.S., China, and South Korea.

 

 Osaka Restoration Association Representative Ichiro Matsui criticized North Korea by saying: “North Korea should immediately desist from such absurd provocations. Many Koreans live in Osaka. I want people to restrain themselves from further discriminating against Koreans through such things as hate speech.”

 

 Keiji Kokuta, Chairman of the Diet Affairs Committee, the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) said: “The International community needs to jointly make political and diplomatic efforts and take effective measures so that North Korea will abandon nuclear weapons.” (Abridged)

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