Day: Monday, 31 March 2014 @ 8:06

Debates on the right to exercise collective self-defense

This Sunday NHK organized debates between the major political parties on the issue of the right to exercise collective self-defense that is being pushed forward by LDP.

LDP – Liberal Democratic Party (https://www.jimin.jp) secretary-general Shigeru Ishiba
“We should consider how to avoid war, the collective self-defense is essential for Japan to protect its independence. It would need to be discussed what country is in question, how far geographically Japan can go, will Japan be able to enter the territorial waters, airspace and the territory of another country and what will constitute an immediate threat for Japan equal to that of an armed attack. All this questions must be deliberated“ Ishiba affirmed that discussions are needed to set the limits when the right to exercise collective self-defense is to be exercised.

NKP – New Komeito Party (https://www.komei.or.jp) secretary-general Yoshihiki Inoue
“Commonly admitting of the right to exercise collective self-defense deals with the country’s basic principles and will lead to military interference into the other countries’ affairs. Japanese people will not accept it easily, we need to proceed very carefully. I think that most of the things can be achieved with the right to individual self-defense. We should start with what can be achieved.”

DPJ – Democratic Party of Japan (http://www.dpj.or.jp) secretary-general Akihiro Ohata
“If they want to justify the right to exercise collective self-defense, they should fairly and squarely change the Constitution and do it the right way. We will not approve PM’s change to the interpretation of the Constitution. A sort of special committee should be created in parliament, and non-partisan discussions be held. They should work hard to persuade the people.”

JRP – Japan Restoration Party (https://j-ishin.jp) secretary general Matsui Ichiro stated
“With the strained situation in Asia it is very important to strengthen the Japan-US alliance. It is only proper to discuss the right to exercise collective self-defense. This right is recognized under the UN Charter and as an opposition party we will be fully participating in discussions.”

YP – Your Party (http://www.your-party.jp) secretary-general Keiichiro Asao stated
“The right to exercise collective self-defense is recognized under the UN Charter and we need to consider that from now on we might be facing attacks in cyberspace and cyber-wars. Upon the approval of the right to exercise collective self-defense discussions need to be held as to what would be the scope of this right and how our laws would restrict it.”

JCP – Japanese Communist Party (http://www.jcp.or.jp) chief secretary Yoshiki Yamashita
“If we are to approve of the right to exercise collective self-defense, Japan will have to go to the war zone should America start a war. Japanese self-defense force members will have to go to the battlefield and their lives be in danger. It will also mean that we will be depriving people in other countries of their lives. We will never support this.”

UP – Unity Party (http://yuinotoh.jp) secretary-general Jiro Ono
“The cabinet decision interprets the Constitution and things that were not possible become possible. This is wrong. We should respect the constitutional interpretations made so far.”

PLP – People’s Life Party (http://www.seikatsu1.jp) secretary-general Katsumasa Suzuki
“The approval of the right to exercise collective self-defense deals with Constitution. To protect the Constitution and the democracy proper discussions are needed. It is not an issue that can be decided by the cabinet’s single decision. We are strongly oppose this.”

SDP – Social Democratic Party (http://www5.sdp.or.jp) vice president Mizuho Fukushima
“So far both LDP and the parliament considered the right to exercise collective self-defense as unconstitutional. But PM Abe would not explain why it would suddenly become all right. If every cabinet would interpret the Constitution as it pleases, it would contradict to the principle of constitutionalism. We are opposing it.”

Source
http://www3.nhk.or.jp