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DPJ also sees Japan-U.S. alliance as most important


gNeedless to say, the principle of paramount importance is the maintenance and further development of the Japan-U.S. alliance.h


This is what Democratic Party of Japan President Ozawa Ichiro emphasized when he took the floor of the House of Representatives on October 1 to state his partyfs basic policy on foreign relations and security.


The statement was very similar to the gdiplomatic principlesh set forth by Prime Minister Aso Taro in his policy speech on September 29. Aso made it clear that the Japan-U.S. alliance is always a gpriority.h This shows that the DPJfs foreign and security policy is little different from that of the LDP-Komei government led by Prime Minister Aso.


The two leaders seem to share the same view that the Japan-U.S. alliance is as important as the United Nations. In response to Asofs gquestionh (in his policy speech) as to which is more important, the Japan-U.S. alliance or the United Nations, Ozawa emphatically said, gThe Japan-U.S. alliance does not contradict a U.N.-centric policy.h


Both politicians did not refer to the fact that the Japan-U.S. military alliance treaty called the gsecurity treatyh allows U.S. forces to use Japan as a stepping-stone for their military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, killing many innocent citizens of these countries. They should also know that the Japanese Self-Defense Forces deployed to Iraq and the Indian Ocean to implement its commitments as a U.S. ally are giving a helping hand to U.S. forcesf assault operations.


The gpeaceful settlement of international disputesh and the gprohibition of the use or threat to use military forcesh are rules for peace established in the U.N. Charter. The Japan-U.S. military alliance is in contravention of these rules.


The Ozawa statement covers up the realities of the Japan-U.S. military alliance.   

- Akahata, October 2, 2008   


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