LDP Deputy Secretary General Tanahashi, Komeito Deputy Secretary General Saito, and Democratic Party Secretary General Fukuyama lauded President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima last week as a “historic event.” While welcoming the visit to Hiroshima as a step toward nuclear disarmament, Japanese Communist Party Secretariat Head Koike and Social Democratic Party Secretary General Mataichi stated that the United States should take specific steps to eliminate nuclear weapons. Initiatives from Osaka Secretary General Baba said that he wanted the President to offer an apology in Hiroshima.
Concerning the latest crime allegedly involving an American base worker in Okinawa, the LDP lawmaker stressed the need for developing and implementing effective measures to prevent a recurrence. However, the opposition panelists insisted that the SOFA be revised, and Koike from the communist party said that the U.S. bases in Okinawa should be drastically reduced or completely removed.
About Prime Minister Abe’s plan to delay the planned consumption tax hike by 30 months until October 2019, Tanahashi from the LDP stated that it is necessary for the GOJ to flexibly respond to changes in the global economy. However, Fukuyama from the DP and the other opposition discussants said that the premier and his cabinet should resign to take responsibility for the failure of Abenomics.