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2016 April 20 - 26 [SDF]

JCP in Nirasaki urges mayor to not give citizens’ personal information to SDF

April 23, 2016
The Japanese Communist Party members’ group of the Nirasaki City Assembly in Yamanashi Prefecture on April 19 urged the city mayor to refrain from providing residents’ personal information to the Self-Defense Forces’ recruiting agency.

JCP assemblymembers Kobayashi Eriko and Watanabe Yoshimoto in a meeting with Mayor Naito Hisao noted that in response to the request from the SDF Yamanashi Provincial Cooperation Office, the city government has submitted to the office a list of 18-year-old residents which contains data including their names, addresses, dates of birth, and sex. The JCP lawmakers said that the city has given young people’s personal information to the defense authority without the consent of their own and of their guardians and that citizens oppose such data transmission.

The two JCP lawmakers pointed out that some local governments turned down the SDF’s information requests. The JCP assemblymembers argued that as SDF troops are more likely to be sent abroad after the enactment of the war laws, the city should refrain from actively being involved in SDF recruiting activities. The JCP again demanded that the city stop providing data to the defense authority.

Past related articles:
> SDF increases activities to recruit high school students in face of its growing unpopularity [October 26, 2015]
> SDF desperately trying to recruit high school students [December 23, 2014]
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