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Komeito to reject Constitution reform for emergencies

Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)–Komeito, the junior partner of Japan’s ruling coalition, will call for individual laws to restrict private rights in times of emergencies, including large-scale natural disasters, in its manifesto for the Oct. 31 general election, it was learned Wednesday.


The pledge sets the party clearly apart from the governing Liberal Democratic Party, which has proposed an emergency situation clause in its draft constitutional amendments.


On responses to emergency situations, Komeito’s campaign promises for the House of Representatives election will say the only option is to specify certain restrictions on private rights and related procedures, as well as necessary compensation, in individual laws on crisis management.


Komeito will also aim to create a system that would enable parliament to hold online sessions in order to maintain the functions of the legislature in times of disasters.


The party’s campaign promises will say more than previous versions about how Japan should deal with China.


China should fulfill its responsibilities to the international society with transparency, the party will say in a veiled expression of concern over the human rights situations in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region.


Komeito will denounce Chinese coast guard ships’ intrusions into waters around the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea as a violation of international law. China claims the islands, calling them Diaoyu.


The campaign promises will clarify the party’s commitment to keeping unchanged the Constitution’s war-renouncing Article 9. The party, known for its pacifist bent, will say it will firmly maintain the article’s provisions one and two, noting Japan’s exclusively defense-oriented posture.


Regarding measures against the novel coronavirus crisis, Komeito’s policy pledges will include benefits of a uniform 100,000 yen to families raising children. The party will also call for a system to give reward points worth tens of thousands of yen to holders of My Number social security and taxation ID cards.

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