and frauds have come out one after another. The Abe Government is sinking in
the depth of corruption. Prime Minister Abe Shinzo declared to ‘clean up
corruption’. Thus, it is the government and the ruling parties that should take
responsibility to convert the words in to action. Nevertheless, they exclude
the opposition parties from parliamentary debates on the major bills, exerting
the majority’s force. They should assume serious responsibilities.
AND RULING PARTIES ASSUME SERIOUS RESPONSIBILITIES
Go, Relying on Majority
six opposition parties – the Constitutional Democratic Party (Rikken), the
Democratic Party (Minshin), the Party of Hope (Kibo), the Communist Party, the
Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party agreed on four points in order to
normalize the defunct Diet session: they are (1) resignation of Minister of
Finance Aso Taro, (2) summons of a witness of Mr. Yanase Tadao, former
Secretary of Prime Minister, (3) public announcement during April of the
investigation results over the tampered settlement documents of the Ministry of
Finance, and (4) investigation of the ‘daily report’ issue of the Self Defense
Forces. It is quite natural to question these points.
enough, however, a response of the government was a start of parliamentary
debates on April 27 in the absence of the opposition parties. The ruling
parties discussed the bill on the work-style reform in the plenary session of
the House of Representatives.
is the government and the ruling parties that had brought about abnormal Diet
management. The evil deed does not end here: the Cabinet decided to present a
bill on casino (=the Integrated Resorts bill), or a bill to allow gambling, to
the Diet. It is harshly criticized as the most vicious legislation. Then the
ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Komeito and the Ishin, enjoying the
majority votes, approved the bill to revise the Independence Support Law for Needy
Persons, amendment of which enforces to use generic medicines as a rule to
those recipients of life protection benefits. The bill was sent to the Upper
falsification has been found out, at first, in the very compilation process of
the bill on work-style reform; the data were fabricated to advocate the
discretionary labor system. The government concealed a suicide case due to
overwork which had happened in the Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. These
topics are most focused exactly at this moment to accuse the corrupted
government. The Abe administration has repeatedly engaged in falsifications and
cover-ups, whose irresponsible behavior cannot be accepted.
opposition parties were forced to refuse Diet debates for two weeks from April
27 to the end of long holidays of May. Some criticize skeptically; ‘they refuse
Diet debate without strategy and prospect’ (the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper dated
April 27). But their attitude was not a political game with the ruling bloc but
a battle over the basis of democracy. This notion is necessary.
from the people’s side, the suspicions and frauds we witness today are apparent
deceptions of the government; public documents were systematically manipulated or
covered up. Apprehensive voices are raised even from the ruling LDP. Relations between
the government on one hand and the Diet and people on the other are fallen in the
people argue the behavior of opposition parties on the logical base that ‘the
Diet is a place of debating’. That is true. The parliament is a place of
debating and for this very reason truths must be disclosed on the tampered
public documents. That is a prerequisite. A bill is a bill when it is compiled and
presented through legitimate procedures.
for the scandal over Kake School, Mr. Yanase repeatedly maintains that ‘he does
not remember’, but e-mail messages are found to endorse his meetings with
officials of Ehime
Prefecture, according to
the documents the prefecture prepared.
for the sexual harassment case of ex-Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of
Finance Fukuda Jun’ichi, Minister Aso Taro told ‘he (Secretary) had become
entrapped’. This is an aggressive comment that proves absence of notion on the
human rights on the side of Minister. Political responsibilities are in crisis within
the parliamentary cabinet system.
of Defense has kept telling about absence of ‘daily report’. That provably means
the Ministry covers up something. Does it want to hide activities of troops in
the combat zones?
opposition parties demand the government to give responsible replies on the
issues. Without them parliament does not work. The stance is right.