(Sankei: February 11, 2016 – p. 2)
At the Feb. 10 Lower House Budget Committee meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “This is an important security-related issue.” He was referring to the purchase of land using foreign capital on remote islands near the national border, land around Japan Self-Defense Force installations and U.S. military facilities, and land around water sources. He said a bill to develop laws to limit land acquisition “was submitted by Japan Innovation Party Diet members.” He continued, “The LDP also recognizes this as an issue and is engaging in discussions.” He then encouraged debate, saying, “It is very important that we engage in constructive discussions while showing policy options to the Japanese people. I would like the political parties to thoroughly discuss this matter together.”
Regarding initiatives to offer “equal pay for equal work” by rectifying the disparity in wages and treatment of regular employees and dispatched workers, the Prime Minister emphasized the need for legislation, saying, “Equal treatment will be guaranteed if such elements as work duties, experience, responsibilities, and personnel use are the same. Improving conditions for nonregular work will help close the wage gap between men and women. We are considering necessary system revisions.”
The Prime Minister gave a forward-looking response regarding meeting with opposition party leaders, saying, “I would like to exchange frank views with the opposition parties as needed if the opportunity arises.” Abe responded to questions from Goshi Hosono, chair of the DPJ Policy Research Committee, and Hodaka Maruyama of Initiatives from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai) et al.