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DP presidential candidates discuss campaign platforms, experts welcome Abe-Putin meeting

  • September 4, 2016
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NHK’s Sunday morning talk show “Nichiyo Toron” highlighted a discussion between the three lawmakers running in the Democratic Party’s party presidential election on Sept. 15. All of the three candidates – Acting President Renho, former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, and Deputy Diet Affairs Committee Chairman Yuichiro Tamaki – stressed that it is necessary for the DP and the Japanese Communist Party to agree on key policy issues in order to cooperate. The candidates criticized Abenomics for focusing too heavily on monetary policy. The lawmakers expressed their readiness to hold discussions on constitutional amendment while stressing the importance of constitutionalism.

 

In the latter half of the program, Canon Institute for Global Studies senior researcher Kunihiko Miyake, Hosei University Professor Nobuo Shimotomai, and former Japanese Ambassador to China Yuji Miyamoto discussed Prime Minister Abe’s meeting with Russian President Putin on Sept. 2 in Vladivostok. The panelists welcomed the meeting as achieving a breakthrough in the stalled territorial talks between Japan and Russia, but Miyake stressed the need for Tokyo to be firm in territorial discussions with Moscow.

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