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2019 November 27 - December 3 [JCP]

This week’s JCP international activity

December 1, 2019
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on November 29 held talks with Chief Minister of India’s Kerala State Pinarayi Vijayan who is visiting Japan at the JCP head office in Tokyo.

Vijayan, who is also a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), explained what policies the Kerala government, supported by the CPIM and other left and democratic forces, has been implementing in the field of education, social welfare, and industrial promotion.

Shii recalled his visit to India in 2002, and said that during his visit, he met with the CPIM leadership and traveled to West Bengal where the CPIM at that time took part in power.

Recalling the then CPIM Secretary General Prakash Karat’s visit to Japan in 2010 on the invitation of the JCP, Shii said that Karat and he agreed on the importance of maintaining communication between the two parties as well as on the two parties’ cooperation in their common task of eliminating nuclear weapons.

Vijayan talked about the current political and economic situation under the Modi government as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became the ruling party as a result of the general election in May. The Kerala chief minister said that under the Modi government, a division in the country due to Modi’s Hindu-first stance and a deterioration in people’s livelihoods caused by the state’s neoliberal economic policy are becoming even worse.

Explaining the CPIM’s present strength, Vijayan said that in Kerala with a population of 33 million, the party has a membership of 500,000 and publishes its organ paper daily with a readership of 400,000. He highlighted farmers’ struggles and other civil movements opposing the Modi government.

Shii introduced the results of the last national election and three gubernatorial races in Saitama, Iwate, and Kochi and the JCP’s role in these elections. Shii underlined the ongoing development of the collaboration between opposition parties and concerned citizens which seeks to put an early end to the Abe government which is the worst in Japan’s postwar history as it has been not only undermining the Constitution but also adversely affecting people’s lives, peace, and democracy.

Shii mentioned the draft revision of the party Program, one of the items on the agenda for the party Congress scheduled for next January. Shii explained the chapters in the draft revision that explains the party’s view of China and the JCP outlook for a future society in this century.

Vijayan and Shii agreed to promote opinion exchanges between the two parties.

Those present at the meeting included JCP Vice Chair Ogata Yasuo and Kerala Industry Minister E. P. Jayarajan (CPIM member).

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