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2011 June 1 - 7 TOP3 [POLITICS]

DPJ-LDP coalition promoting adverse policies: Ichida

June 7, 2011
Japanese Communist Party Secretariat Head Ichida Tadayoshi on June 6 criticized the Democratic Party of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party for “attempting to push through an increase in the consumption tax in one” under the cloud of the ongoing national crisis by forming a grand coalition.

It was only two years ago that the DPJ came to power raising the banner of “No to the LDP-led government”. The LDP, just five days ago, submitted a no-confidence motion against the DPJ Cabinet.

Ichida at a press conference in the Diet building stated, “In the same breath, they are seeking to form a grand coalition. They are obviously engaged in political maneuvering.”

Pointing out that the two parties are also pushing ahead with the U.S. Futenmna base relocation, promoting further cuts in corporate taxes, and calling for continuation of tax breaks for stock market profits, Ichida said, “Our party is determined to strongly oppose these moves.”

He went on to say, “There is little difference between them in regard to both foreign and domestic policies in the first place. They see the Japan-U.S. alliance as absolute and work in the interests of large corporations.”

Regarding such topics as reconstruction projects, taxation, and military bases, he added, “The DPJ and the LDP are together in the attempt to force through bad policies using the excuse of disaster recovery. That’s not what the public demands.”
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