Komeito rejects constitutional reform for emergencies
Komeito, the junior partner of the ruling coalition in Japan, will call for individual laws to restrict private rights in emergencies, including large-scale natural disasters, in his manifesto for the October 31 general election, released on Wednesday. .
The pledge clearly distinguishes the party from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which proposed an emergency action clause in a draft constitutional amendment.
Komeito’s campaign program for the House of Representatives elections says that when responding to emergencies, the only option will be to specify certain restrictions on private rights and related procedures – as well as the necessary compensation – in individual laws relating to crisis management.
Komeito will also aim to create a system that would allow parliament to hold online sessions in order to maintain the functions of the legislature in the event of a disaster.
The party’s campaign pledges also say more than previous versions about how Japan should deal with China.
China must discharge its responsibilities to international society with transparency, the party said in a veiled expression of concern about human rights in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Komeito also denounces the intrusions of Chinese Coast Guard vessels into the waters around the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea as a violation of international law. China claims the islands, calling them Diaoyu.
The campaign pledges clarify the party’s commitment to keep Article 9 of the Constitution on War Waiver unchanged. The party, known for its pacifist lean, will say it will firmly uphold provisions one and two of the article, noting the exclusively defense-focused stance of Japan.
When it comes to measures against the novel coronavirus crisis, Komeito’s political commitments include a 100,000 benefit to families raising children. The party will also call for a system to give reward points worth tens of thousands of yen to holders of Social Security and Tax My Number ID cards.
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