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  Election Policy of Osaka-Ishin-no-Kai


The Osaka Ishin-no-Kai (One Osaka), an association which asserts to change Osaka, led by Mayor Hashimoto Toru, says that it will entirely alter the Japan's administrative structure which has been maintained since the Meiji era. It continues to say in short that it is necessary to destroy the constitutional system set up after the WWII as it hinders transnational corporations from expanding to win in the severe, global competitions. Mr. Hashimoto says that an experiment will be launched in Osaka to spread throughout the nation.

ULTIMATUM AGAINT CONSTITUTION AND DEMOCRACY

The group One Osaka is to field candidates as a political party in the coming elections for House of Representatives. Recently the manifesto called 'Senchu-Hassaku', named after a historic event in the Meiji Restoration era, was revealed. At first the group was to challenge the state level elections to facilitate Prefecture Osaka to gain the administrative status as that of Tokyo by arranging laws on local politics, but the intention has been transformed. The Hashimoto's group has new agenda on state politics, which include introduction of a public election system of prime minister, abolition of House of Councilors and consolidation of Japan-US-Aussie military alliance. The 'core policies' closely link with the constitutional system.

Mr. Hashimoto declares: 'to alter the social system means to tear off vested interests. That means to replace the existing power structure with a new rearranged one. That is, exactly, a war……. It is absolutely impossible to restructure the hierarchy through negotiation', 'an election means an opportunity to give the right of decision-making to elected individuals. It is a kind of a carte blanche'.

If these assertions are carried out, the manifesto constitutes a notice of coup d'etat. According to it, transnational corporations originated in Japan may collapse in the global mega-competitions if the government keeps a policy to win consensus of working people. The manifesto reflects doctrines of the Keidanren, or the Japan Business Federation, in particular of the financial circle of the Kansai area.

The group's idea is different from that of the traditional Constitution-amendment forces. It employs a bottom-to-top mechanism, or tries to destroy the governing base from a municipality, which is Osaka. Mayor pursues his project across the country.

First Target - Public Workers

In the recent mayoral and gubernatorial elections the One Osaka won a big victory. According to the paper Mainichi Shimbun dated January 19, its news commentary is summed up;

(1) to reform Osaka City Office:
a. public recruitment of administrative heads of the 24 Wards in Osaka City, and they can be dismissed before the end of the term
b. restriction on labor union activities and prohibition of political actions (by local ordinances)
c. a full review over administrative works, complete abolition of subsidies to various civic groups and encouragement of competitive billings
d. reduction of human costs (wages for public workers employed specifically for technical jobs are set as the same level as those in the private sector)
e. privatization of kindergarten and garbage collection
(2) to set up headquarters to merge administrative jobs among cities and prefecture (employment, a single auditing and dissolution of redundant administration)
a. privatization of public transports and unification of water supply and fire services
b. a unified control over hospitals, universities, port facilities and public housing services
c. development projects beyond the municipal borders
d. various ordinances on education, school management and public workers

Mayor Hashimoto's Ishin-no-kai claims to launch drastic reforms in all the administrative fields, which is characterized by an idea to destroy the political system supported by vested interests. Taking advantage of a common notion that 'public workers enjoy a stable job', the group attacks public workers by proposing a public recruitment system of officials and easy dismissal of workers when job performance is evaluated as lowest.

Mr. Hashimoto advocates interests of employers of the Kansai area and encourages them to work beyond municipal borders. He does not pay much attention to the basic municipal unit of 'ku', the closest office to residents. Though he clings to reforms of administrative structure, he prefers a recruitment system of Head of 'ku' to public nomination. If he implements these measures, Osaka will be dried up like a desert after he ends his tenure as Mayor.

Mayoral Election in Ibaragi City of Osaka

Workers' rights and interests are achievements of struggles in defense of Constitution in spite of weakness. A few elites, however, have held fruit and workers do not enjoy equally them due to divisions. Mr. Hashimoto sharply criticizes this point.

We must establish broader links with citizens who fight for Constitution in the local community and workplace levels.

Our party member Mr. Yamashita Keiki, an assembly member, will run for mayoral elections of Ibaragi City, Osaka. Mr. Yamashita struggles in the front as a candidate. We party members support him with all our might.

February 21, 2012




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