Minister Abe Shinzo stated in his new-year speech that an innovative plan to
rebuild the country has been fully on track. That means Premier Abe is
determined to stay in power longer to be successful in amending the
Constitution. His modus operandi is to prevent people from heightening
indignation. His ambition is reflected in the budget plan for Fiscal 2017, to
launch financial measures along his plans: to impose make-shift programs on
people, while highlighting military expenditure as a new priority.
MEASURES TO MAINTAIN POWER FOR LONG TIME
total amount of general account is the biggest in the history as initial budget
compilation, counting 97 trillion 454.7 billion Yen. The sum exceeds that of the
Fiscal 2016 by 732.9 billion Yen. The Abe administration’s aim is to appease
people’s every day dissatisfactions so that criticisms may not confront the
government. However, the so-called quantitative and qualitative monetary easing
policy of the Bank of Japan, which was hailed as a potential tool to boost the
economy, has been aborted. The government shifts to a fiscal stimulus policy,
which has been implemented since the second phase of supplementary budget compilation
of the Fiscal 2016.
sum estimated to additional government bonds amounts 2 trillion 750 billion Yen
in the second supplementary budget compilation and as much as 1 trillion 852.6
billion Yen in the third stage. For an initial budget plan of the Fiscal 2017,
it accounts 34 trillion 432 billion Yen. The government’s show-off, it says a
compilation to symbolizes both economic rehabilitation and fiscal soundness,
has proven to be an outright lie.
government explains its policies on the expenditure in this way: to realize a
society in which all 100 million people work properly and happily and to reform
way of working. It presents plans to improve status of nursery teachers and health
care workers, to create a fellowship program in which recipients are not required
to pay back, to convert a working status from an unstable, irregular employment
into that of a regular employee, and to provide enterprises with subsidies to
support a day-off system in which employees may suspend his/her job so as to take
care of the elderly. As for a nursery teacher, however, a proposed salary
increase is only by 6 thousand Yen a month on the average, which is far from a
drastic reform. The Abe government is simply eager in carrying out improvised
expenses for social services are decreased by 140 billion Yen in the estimate, though
an increase is expected due to a natural growth of the elderly. Heavier burdens
are imposed on senior citizens.
Three Biggest Expenses
contrast to the above-mentioned policies, outlay is well made to the Ministry
of Defense, which counts 5 trillion 125.1 billion Yen, to the Maritime Safety
Agency, it is 210.6 billion Yen, and to the sports promotion programs, 33.4
billion Yen. Characteristically, these are the three biggest items.
analyze the expenses.
of Defense (a military budget in a narrower sense):
have been made consecutively for five years, the total being 5 trillion 125.1
billion Yen. In addition to expenses for ‘defense of islands in the south-western
region’ and ‘responses to ballistic missile attacks’, the ministry obtains money
to ensure ‘technological superiority’ and ‘production of military equipment and
maintenance of technical basis’. It gains costs for (1) unmanned devices, (2)
smartification and networking of systems and (3) researches for high output
energy technologies. As for researches on an under-water drone vehicle, the
expenditure counts 900 million Yen. Concerning ‘a national security technology
research promotion program’, which arranges studies of universities and
enterprises with military usages, a huge increase is made, from 600 million Yen
of the 2016 budget to 11 billion Yen. We must pay keen attention to the
Safety Agency (a military budget in a wider sense):
2017 budget is the biggest since its foundation. Already in the second and
third supplementary compilations was allotted 67.4 billion Yen and another 3
billion Yen, respectively, in the Fiscal 2016. That is to pay for construction
of big patrol boats to be deployed in the Senkaku Islands
area and a personnel augment for the purpose. The agency tries to compete in
vain with China.
are for the 2020 Tokyo
Olympic and Paralympics Games. Combined with programs to train athletes, new
national training centers will be built up. A total construction cost accounts
22 billion Yen; in the Fiscal 2016’s second supplementary compilation 2.406
billion Yen was already allotted. As the Fiscal 2017’s initial estimate 3.6
billion Yen is appropriated.
Pillars to challenge Government
Articles 25, 26, 27 and 28 of Constitution should be emphasized: they pledge the
state’s guarantees for employment and universal social welfare.
an emphasis on Article Nine, which is to lead Japan to being stripped with
military potentials and, in a combined way, to set up a multilateral scheme of no-war
and peace in the northeast region of Asia.
make Year 2017 happy, in which constitutional rules should be well flourished to