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Gist of interpellations at Upper House Budget Committee, June 18

The following is the gist of interpellations at the House of Councillors Budget Committee on June 18:


North Korea issues


Yoshihiro Kawano (Komeito): Will you work for holding a Japan-DPRK summit?


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: A major decision will be required to resolve the abduction issue. Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un exercised leadership in realizing the U.S.-DPRK summit meeting. We would also like to have a fresh start in the Japan-North Korea relationship and resolve the abduction issue by breaking the shell of mutual distrust. In the end, I must meet face-to-face with Mr. Kim and hold a summit meeting.


Naoki Kazama (Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan): Will a Japan-DPRK summit be held on the sidelines of international conferences in Russia or the U.S. in September?


Abe: I will not miss any opportunity to resolve the abduction issue. A summit meeting must be held only if it will contribute to resolving the nuclear, missile, and abduction issues.


Kazama: Will Japan provide economic cooperation without a solution to the abduction issue?


Abe: There can be no normalization of diplomatic ties and no economic cooperation will be provided without a solution to the abduction issue.


Aegis Ashore


Seiji Mataichi (Social Democratic Party): Will you not suspend the deployment of Aegis Ashore, the missile defense system against North Korea?


Abe: We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that hundreds of ballistic missiles capable of attacking Japan exist. It is necessary to continue to strengthen defense capabilities truly needed to protect the people.



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