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Japan Innovation Party to make counterproposals to government's security-related bills

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150616p2a00m0na005000c.html
The opposition Japan Innovation Party (JIP) has decided to come up with counterproposals to government-sponsored security-related bills by the end of this month as Diet debate on the controversial legislation heats up, it has been learned.

In light of the JIP's decision, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner Komeito have started considering holding talks with the opposition party on amending the government-sponsored bills, with an eye to enact the bills by the end of the current Diet session.

While suggestions have recently been made by a number of people including constitutional scholars that the bills violate the country's pacifist Constitution, the ruling parties believe that if the LDP, Komeito and the JIP can form a consensus on the issue, they will be able to move closer to putting the bills to a vote in the Diet. The move is also aimed at fending off criticism that the ruling parties are poised to railroad the bills on their own.

On June 14, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, the JIP's supreme adviser, at a Tokyo hotel for about three hours. Hashimoto had called for the meeting with Abe. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui, who is also the JIP's adviser, attended the meeting. According to sources close to the JIP, they exchanged views on the security-related bills. Prime Minister Abe apparently asked for the JIP's cooperation in passing the bills through the Diet. On June 15, Hashimoto posted on his own Twitter account, saying, "The JIP should keep a distance from the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). The JIP is not obsessed with ideologies and attaches importance to realistic rationality."

As counterproposals to the government-sponsored security legislation which is to amend 10 security-related laws including the Self-Defense Forces Act, the JIP is considering steps to prohibit Japan from dispatching SDF troops overseas only for economic reasons while allowing the country to exercise the right to collective self-defense to a limited extent. The JIP will also prepare counterproposals such as a "territorial defense bill" to deal with "gray zone" situations that stop short of military attacks on Japan.

Within the government and ruling parties, there has emerged an idea of incorporating part of the JIP's proposals into supplemental provisions of the government-sponsored bills. "The JIP's cooperation has significant meaning," said a senior ruling party official. Tsutomu Sato, the LDP's Diet affairs chief, told reporters on June 15, "If counterproposals come up, we will never reject them." LDP Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki said at a news conference on the same day, "The LDP and Komeito had such thorough discussions that it will not be easy to amend the bills." But he went on to say, "It is true that we have also received cooperation from the JIP up until now. That's what we are very thankful for."

Meanwhile, the LDP and the JIP have started talks on amending a bill to revise the Agricultural Cooperative Act, the revision of which has been regarded by Prime Minister Abe's government as the first major reform in 60 years. The JIP demands more drastic reform in the country's agricultural cooperatives, and the JIP plans to support the bill if it makes terms with the LDP over proposed amendments.

However, within the JIP, there are still some cautious about the party moving too close to the ruling parties, and some party officials are opposed to holding talks on amending the security-related bills. Former JIP representative Kenji Eda said during a lecture in Tokyo on June 15, "The hurdle set by the JIP is not low enough for the prime minister to accept. There was no concession (during the meeting between Abe and Hashimoto)." In light of the situation within the party, JIP leader Yorihisa Matsuno told reporters, "We will not make proposals based on the premise of holding talks on amending the legislation. At this point in time, we are not even thinking of having negotiations over changes in the security bills."
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June 16, 2015(Mainichi Japan)
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