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Gist of interpellations at Lower House budget committee meeting, Feb. 5, 2020

The following is the gist of interpellations at the Lower House budget committee meeting on Feb. 5, 2020:

 

New type of pneumonia

 

Hiroaki Tanaka (Liberal Democratic Party): How will the government handle the cruise ship currently being quarantined off the Port of Yokohama?

 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: We’ll take all possible measures to prevent the spread of infection by giving the highest priority to monitoring the health of the passengers and crew.

 

Wataru Ito (Komeito): How will the government deal with Chinese spouses of Japanese citizens who also wish to travel to Japan?

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi: We’re coordinating with the Chinese government to allow them to board a chartered flight from a humanitarian standpoint.

 

Hiroshi Kawauchi (CDPJ + DPFP + Reviewing Group on Social Security Policy + Independents’ Forum): The government should discuss the scope of regions subject to the entry ban.

 

Abe: If necessary, I’ll make a decision without hesitation. 

 

Integrated Resorts (IRs)

 

Go Shinohara (CDPJ + DPFP + Reviewing Group on Social Security Policy + Independents’ Forum): Plans for casinos are creating anxiety among the local communities. 

 

Abe: Public understanding and gaining the consent of local communities are important in promoting IR projects.

 

Fumitake Fujita (Nippon Ishin [Japan Innovation Party]): What are the specifics of the rules of contact (between companies trying to enter the IR business and administrative officials)?

 

Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba: We’re considering stipulating the range of staff members subject to (the contact ban) and methods of creating and storing records of meetings.

 

Relocation of Futenma air base

 

Tomohiro Yara (CDPJ + DPFP + Reviewing Group on Social Security Policy + Independents’ Forum): The government has been saying that it will eliminate the danger posed by the Futenma base as soon as possible. But 12 years (for the land reclamation work at Henoko in Okinawa’s Nago City, where the base will be relocated) is too long.

 

Abe: Relocation to Henoko is the only solution. Steadily carrying out the construction will lead to the elimination of the danger. (Abridged)

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