ordinary Diet session has begun and four speeches were given by the government,
including Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s policy speech. The session lasts until
June 26, during which several events will take place, such as a referendum in
Okinawa, local elections, by-elections for the Osaka
12th Constituency and the Okinawa 3rd
Constituency for the House of Representatives and enthronement of a new
emperor. Elections are scheduled for the House of Councilors in July and the
consumption tax rate will be raised in October. Political battles are being
PARTIES MUST ACCUSE GOVERNMENT OF MISCONDUCTS
never gives up constitution amendment
the premier’s speech says, the government is to evade from political
confrontation to approve the Fiscal 2019 budget plan. The draft is
characterized by money-throwing measures and free-of-charge childcare supports to
enjoy justification of the consumption tax rate surge. The ruling parties are
ready to escape accusations on the ‘statistics fraud’; they are to close the
dispute with ‘a ceremonial apology and a reply of further investigations’.
government prepares to present in total 58 bills to the Diet, which is the
second least figure in the history. As for amendment of the constitution, it concedes,
saying that it would expect deeper debates by political parties.
Prime Minister Abe showed confidence to be successful in the negotiation talks
on the territorial issue and told his determination to have a summit meeting
with Chairman Kim Jong Un of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). He
declared ‘to develop new defense capabilities’ for the initial year of the New
Defense Guidelines, and asked for understanding of his plan to raise the
consumption tax rate to ensure ‘social security measures to benefit all
generations of the population’.
the government plans in coming autumn to stage ultimate attacks so as to revise
the constitution after breaking down accusations in the Diet. It may present a
policy to put off again the surge of the consumption tax rate or a decision to
hold simultaneous elections for both the House of the Representatives and the
House of Councilors.
benefit due to fraud
opposition parties get ready to tackle with the government in terms of the
statistics fraud, the revised Immigration Act and the new military base at
Henoko, Okinawa. Benefit payments for
unemployment and labor accidents are calculated on the basis of the Monthly Labor
Statistics, and therefore, the deception has impacted on 20.15 million people
in total, which means recipients had been paid less. This reminds us of a case
of ‘disappeared pensions’.
the other hand, however, concerning salary data, they were manipulated to be higher,
which was proven after secret investigations of figures from January 2018. The
government attempted to fabricate ‘successes’ in the Abenomics economic policy.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Welfare hastily corrected figures and
sacked officials engaged in the fake calculations. The opposition political
parties get united so that the government would not veil blunders conveniently.
Minister did not refer in the speech to the revised Immigration Act, which was
approved coercively without sincere debates. No explanation has been given
about some provisions of the law on which examinations had been made after closure
of the last Diet session. Though the Act will take effect in April, necessary
budgetary steps for municipalities are left intact. Municipal officials and
company managers are worrying about how to respond to newly coming foreign
nationals. The government regards foreign workers as cheap labor force, in other
words, it considers they are not humans but things. The government must be
for the new military base at Henoko, the construction plan was altered as the
seabed was soft and weak. Although former Governor Onaga Takeshi had annulled
the approval because of the weak seabed, the Abe government admits the fact
now. It is an opportunity to cancel the construction works, taking advantage of
the referendum to come late February.
back money from reduced corporate taxes!
opposition political parties can use this timing, but a clear strategy is
absent how to cope with the surge of consumption tax rate and the draft budget.
Regarding the consumption tax, it is not enough to object the raise, but to
propose; for instance, to get down to 5% and return money to people from the discounted
corporate taxes. It is necessary to unveil deceptions lying in the Abe’s ‘social
security measures to benefit all generations of the population’. The opposition
forces are not strong enough.
the draft budget an extraordinary increase is found in the defense expenditure.
for issues on the Korean
Peninsula, the government
incites hatred among people against Republic of Korea (ROK), using the compensation
issue to Korean slave laborers who had been forced to work during the WWII and
the recent radar irradiation incident by the ROK vessel. The Japanese Self
Defense Forces, in response, even made threatening flights over the ROK naval ships.
Anticipating late February the second-round summit meeting between the US and DPRK,
the Abe government must be criticized rightly.