By Okuhara Shimpei
More and more local assemblies are approving proposals calling on the central government and the Diet to take a strong approach to China over its suppression of human rights in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong.
Many proposals call on the central government to investigate human rights violations in Hong Kong and the autonomous regions of Uyghur, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia, and to protest against the Chinese government. According to the Secretariat of the House of Representatives, the Kamakura City Assembly in Kanagawa Prefecture adopted a proposal in June 2016 and at least 14 local assemblies have also already approved proposals. Since June this year, more than six assemblies, including those of Saitama Prefecture and Chiba City, have adopted proposals.
Further, the Osaka Prefectural chapter of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) decided during a board meeting in July to urge other political groups to adopt proposals when all local governments in Osaka gather in September for a regular meeting. Kaizuka City Assembly member Tanaka Gaku, who chairs the federation of local assembly members affiliated with the LDP Osaka Prefectural chapter, told the Sankei Shimbun, “If the Diet does not adopt a resolution criticizing China, the LDP Osaka Prefectural chapter will pressure the central government as a joint action.”
The National Association Chairpersons of Town and Village Assemblies (chair: Yuzawa Town Assembly Chair Nagumo Tadashi of Niigata Prefecture) is also urging its 926 member municipal assemblies to adopt proposals. (Abridged)