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JCP policy chief quits after calling defense spending “budget to kill people”

  • June 29, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All papers wrote that the Japanese Communist Party’s policy commission chairman Fujino resigned from the post on June 28 for calling Japan’s defense spending a “budget to kill people.” Fujino told a news conference on Tuesday that the expression he used during an NHK TV show on Sunday was not in line with the party policy and that he deeply regrets offending SDF members. Sankei speculated that the party practically “fired” Fujino out of concern that his statement would have an adverse impact on its ongoing election campaign.

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