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Five opposition parties to jointly submit bills calling for abolishment of security laws

  • 2016-02-08 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: February 7, 2016 – p. 2)


 In a meeting of their secretaries general on Feb. 5, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), the Japan Innovation Party (JIP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and the People’s Life Party decided on a policy of jointly submitting two related bills designed to abolish the security laws as early as Feb. 19. Separate from this, the DPJ and JIP intend to jointly submit counterproposals in response to the security laws out of consideration to conservatives in the two parties who are reluctant to cooperate with the JCP.


 The five opposition parties will jointly submit the two bills. One is designed to abolish the security legislation, which allows the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to exercise the right to collective self-defense, and the other calls for scrapping the international peace aid law. The opposition bloc plans to submit them to the Diet on Feb. 19, when a civic group that has called for the abolishment of the security laws is planning to hold a gathering in front of the Diet building, boosting momentum for abolishing the security laws.


 Meanwhile, out of consideration for their conservative members’ view that their parties will be criticized for simply opposing the security laws, the DPJ and JIP plan to present counterproposals in response to the security laws earlier than the two bills.


 The DPJ and JIP are expected to submit three counterproposals: a bill to revise the Law on Situation in the Areas Surrounding Japan that limits the countries subject to logistical support; a bill amending the UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) Cooperation Law; and a territorial defense bill aiming at strengthening cooperation between the SDF and the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) in order to deal with gray zone situations.

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