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Diet impasse continues as ruling, opposition parties clash over Aso’s resignation, scandals

  • April 24, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

An abnormal situation continued at the Diet on April 23 with the ruling and opposition parties clashing over the opposition’s demands, including Finance Minister Taro Aso’s resignation and summoning Tadao Yanase, former secretary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to testify in the Diet.

 

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai told a news conference that he would “wait and see for the time being” in responding to the opposition’s demands. On the other hand, the opposition sternly criticized the ruling coalition for “trying to cover up the scandals despite Abe’s pledge to purge all the dirt.” The impasse is seen to continue for some time.

 

The opposition’s four demands and the ruling bloc’s responses

 

Opposition

Ruling bloc

Finance Minister Aso’ resignation

Rejected

Summoning Yanase and others to testify in Diet

Rejected

Release investigation report on Finance Ministry’s document alteration before end of April

To ask the Finance Ministry to make efforts

Investigate the SDF activity log issue, SDF officer’s derogatory remark [to DP lawmaker]

To ask the Defense Ministry to make efforts

 

Since the ruling parties have either rejected the opposition’s demands or failed to take a clear position, the opposition parties continue to boycott Diet proceedings. (Abridged)

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