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2022 February 16 - 22 [POLITICS]

JCP Kokuta calls for meetings of Diet affairs chiefs of 4 opposition parties

February 17, 2022
Japanese Communist Party Diet Policy Commission Chair Kokuta Keiji at a press conference held in the Diet building on February 16 said that in order for opposition parties to demonstrate their "true value", it is necessary to hold Diet affairs chiefs' meetings centering on the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), the JCP, the Social Democratic Party, and the "Reiwa Shinsengumi" party.

Kokuta pointed out that recent Diet debates shed light on many issues affecting the general public such as the delay in the COVID-19 booster rollout, the failure in the government's anti-coronavirus measures, the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement which exempts U.S. military personnel from abiding by Japan's quarantine checks, Prime Minister Kishida's neoliberal policies under "a new form of capitalism", and a possibility of Japan's possession of enemy-strike capability in flagrant violation of the Constitution.

Kokuta emphasized the need to discuss budget recompilation in the Diet to protect people's lives and livelihoods, adding, "The true value of the opposition parties is being tested."

He said that talks should be held between Diet affairs heads of the four opposition parties which agreed with the Civil Alliance upon a common policy agenda in advance of the general election in October 2021.

Past related articles:
> JCP Koike: CDPJ’s move to work with LDP’s supplementary force will create distrust in opposition parties [February 15, 2022]
> JCP Koike calls on CDPJ to reaffirm agreement on JCP's 'non-cabinet cooperation' [November 30, 2021]
> JCP agrees with CDPJ to form limited non-cabinet alliance [October 1, 2021]
> 4 opposition parties along with Civil Alliance agree on common agenda [September 9, 2021]
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