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JCP member calls defense spending “budget for killing people”

  • June 27, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All Monday papers took up remarks made on a Sunday talk show by Japanese Communist Party policy chief Fujino, in which he mentioned the FY2016 defense budget that topped five trillion yen for the first time ever and said: “We should prioritize funding for supporting and nurturing people, instead of spending for killing people.” The politician later clarified and retracted the comment by saying: “The remark was made with the growing procurement [by the SDF] of defense equipment and weapons for overseas deployment in mind, but it was still inappropriate.”  


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