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Aso refuses to end Japanfs subservience to U.S.
Prime Minister Aso Tarofs responses to questions by Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on October 2 showed that Asofs position is one of keeping Japan subservient to the United States.
In his questioning, Shii pointed out that the U.S.-led war has created a vicious circle of war and terrorism.
Aso, in disregard of Shiifs argument that war cannot eradicate terrorism, stated that the withdrawal of the Self-Defense Forces from the Indian Ocean is gnot an option,h indicating that he is intent on extending the SDFfs refueling mission for U.S. warships in the Indian Ocean.
With the gwar on terrorismh dragging on without end, efforts are being made to achieve a peaceful and diplomatic solution to overcome the situation in Afghanistan.
On September 30, Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a call for peace to the Taliban forces.
Asofs remarks show his treacherous intent to attempt to meet the U.S. demand for the continued deployment of the SDF in the Indian Ocean.
Referring to the deployment of the U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington to the U.S. Yokosuka Naval Base, Shii asked if the prime minister believes it is a matter of course to gcoexisth with U.S. bases permanently.
Ignoring radioactive leaks from the U.S. nuclear-powered submarine Houston for more than two years and the recent fire on the Gorge Washington, Aso stressed the gsafetyh of the nuclear-powered warship, saying, gThere has not been even one case that U.S. warships during their visit to Japanese ports released radioactivity that could adversely influence human health or the environment.h He stated that the government will gsteadily promoteh the realignment of the U.S. forces which will strengthen and perpetuate U.S. bases in Japan. - Akahata, October 3, 2008
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