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Security laws to become campaign issue in upcoming Lower House election

Sept. 19 marks the second anniversary of the enactment of the security laws that authorized the exercise of the right to collective self-defense. During this time, the government has given the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) various new missions. The Democratic Party (DP) and other opposition parties are calling for these laws to be repealed. If the House of Representatives is dissolved at the beginning of the extraordinary Diet session opening on Sept. 28, the revocation of the security laws will become a campaign issue in the Lower House election expected to take place in late October.

 

Liberal Democratic Party Executive Acting Secretary General Koichi Hagiuda, a close aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has cited the security laws as a possible campaign issue in the upcoming election. He touched on the North Korea situation and said: “The point is to make the people understand how the security laws work”

 

On the other hand, the four opposition parties have submitted a bill calling for these laws to be repealed on the grounds that they might violate the constitution. Citizens’ groups seeking the revocation of the laws cooperated with the four opposition parties in last year’s House of Councillors election.

 

DP President Seiji Maehara and Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii both argued on Sept. 18 for the security laws to be repealed ahead of the Lower House election. (Abridged)

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