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New defense minister holds edangerous viewsf: JCP Ichida


   Koike Yuriko, former prime ministerial adviser on national security, on July 4 took office as the defense minister, replacing Kyuma Fumio who was forced to resign over his remark that the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki gcouldnft be helped.h


   Citing North Koreafs nuclear issue, Koike in her inaugural address said, gJapan is faced with a severe national security situation in its surrounding areas. The government will build multi-functional, flexible and effective defense capabilities.h


   Commenting on Koikefs assumption of office, Japanese Communist Party Secretariat Head Ichida Tadayoshi on the same day said, gAs Prime Minister Abe Shinzofs adviser, she has pushed the implementation of the realignment plan of the U.S. forces in Japan and the imposition of a new U.S. base on Okinawa. She holds very dangerous views.h


   Ichida pointed out that Koike in reply to a newspaper questionnaire said Japan should consider possession of nuclear armaments depending on the developments of the international situation and that she proudly served as a deputy secretary general of the Japan Conference (Nippon Kaigi) Dietmembers Council, a rightist organization seeking constitutional revision.


   gPrime Minister Abefs appointment of such a person to replace Mr. Kyuma, who had made the outrageous remark, sheds light on the prime ministerfs intent. Therefore, Prime Minister Abe himself should be severely criticized,h said Ichida. - Akahata, July 5, 2007


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