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Gist of interpellations at Upper House Budget Committee, Jan. 19

  • 2016-01-20 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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(Tokyo Shimbun: January 20, 2016 – p. 6)

 

 Following is the gist of interpellations at the House of Councillors Budget Committee on Jan. 19:

 

 TPP

 

 Masashi Adachi (Liberal Democratic Party): What is the strategic significance of the TPP?

 

 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: The TPP will contribute to regional stability. It is also extremely important in the security sense. We must seize this opportunity boldly in order to truly benefit from the TPP’s economic effects.

 

 Infrastructure exports

 

 Adachi: India has decided to adopt Japan’s Shinkansen system for its high speed railway project.

 

 Abe: The government will continue to work as one to support such projects. I will take the lead in top-level marketing efforts.

 

 Osprey deployment

 

 Sohei Nihi (Japanese Communist Party): The plan to deploy the Ground Self-Defense Force’s new Osprey transport aircraft at the Saga Airport should be scrapped.

 

 Defense Minister Gen Nakatani: Deployment will be premised on not interfering with the development and functions of this commercial airport. We will address the local community’s concerns by offering meticulous explanations.

 

 Abduction issue

 

 Kyoko Nakayama (Party for Japanese Kokoro): We ask Kantei (Prime Minister’s Official Residence) to exercise leadership in making focused efforts to rescue the abduction victims and move forward in negotiations with North Korea.

 

 Abe: It is necessary for us to speak with one voice and demand strongly that North Korea return the abductees.

 

 Constitutional revision

 

 Mizuho Fukushima (Social Democratic Party): You are planning to start revising the constitution by introducing provisions on national emergencies. This amounts to the Nazis’ Enabling Act [of 1933].

 

 Abe: Such criticism is way out of line. Internationally, many countries have emergency provisions in their constitution. (Constitutional provisions that need to be revised) will emerge gradually in the course of deliberations at the Diet’s Commissions on the Constitution.

 

 Japan-ROK currency swap

 

 Hiroyuki Arai (New Renaissance Party): Please revive the Japan-ROK currency swap agreement.

 

 Abe: We are watching the Japanese and ROK economies, as well as the world economy. (Abridged)

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