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Opposition gives chilly response to new cabinet lineup, saying it offers “nothing new”

  • August 4, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
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Opposition parties gave a cool reaction to the announcement of Abe’s new cabinet, the third reshuffling by the prime minister. Democratic Party Upper House Caucus Chair Toshio Ogawa said, “Again there is nothing new in the reshuffled cabinet.” Many references were made in particular to Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada, who is keen to amend Article 9 of the Constitution. DP acting Secretary General Tetsuro Fukuyama said to the press, “I don’t hear that she engages in concrete discussions of defense policies.” Japanese Communist Party Secretary-General Akira Koike remarked to the press, “This new cabinet will continue the recklessness.” He went on to say that the appointment of Inada “clearly shows the very dangerous character of the Abe administration.”

 

In his remarks, Social Democratic Party Secretary-General Seiji Mataichi mentioned that Inada visited Yasukuni Shrine when she was minister for administrative reform, and he expressed concern that “as a dyed-in-the-wool hawk, she could have a [negative] impact on diplomacy with Asia.”

 

 

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