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Komeito chief cautious about ability to attack enemy bases

  • August 6, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 4:52 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug 6 (Jiji Press)–Natsuo Yamaguchi, head of Komeito, the junior member in the ruling coalition, reiterated his cautious stance on Thursday about Japan possessing the ability to attack enemy bases.

 

At a press conference held in the western city of Hiroshima, Yamaguchi said, “We have to discuss very carefully whether we need to change our policy decision in the first place,” touching on the fact that the government has not possessed the capability to attack enemy bases.

 

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has submitted proposals to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bolster deterrence, including the possession of the ability to attack enemy bases.

 

“As long as the LDP has submitted its proposal, Komeito will convey its views to the government so that the government and ruling parties will work to build a consensus,” Yamaguchi said, indicating his intention to reflect his party’s position in the government’s security policy.

 

Yamaguchi expressed his skepticism again about an early dissolution of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, for a snap election. “Measures to contain the coronavirus crisis should be the highest priority for politics,” he said.

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