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Abe pins high hopes on Inada

  • August 4, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, NIkkei
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Most papers wrote that Abe tapped Inada as defense minister  with the goal of having her acquire diplomatic and security expertise so that she can possibly succeed him when he steps down. Noting that MOD is confronted with such tasks as the implementation of the security laws and Okinawa base issues, Yomiuri said Abe hopes that Inada will become familiar with the role of the U.S. military in Japan as a “national leader.” 

 

The paper also said the appointment of the “hawkish” lawmaker may unnerve China and South Korea, noting that she has paid homage at Yasukuni Shrine every year on August 15 and that she has mentioned the possibility of Japan going nuclear. Some within the Defense Ministry and the ruling coalition have already voiced concern about her appointment unsettling Japan’s key neighbors. Regarding whether she will visit Yasukuni in about 10 days, Inada told the press yesterday: “I think it is a matter of the heart. I should not say that I’m going or not going or that homage should be paid or not paid.” She also said: “Given the situation in East Asia, it is important to conduct coordination with South Korea and hold dialogue with China.” al

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