Japan's new Restoration Party seeks more defense spending

TOKYO Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:04am EST

1 of 2. Japan Restoration Party leader and nationalist former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (front L) and his deputy, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto (front R) take their seats at a joint news conference to unveil their party's election campaign platform in Tokyo November 29, 2012. The new Japanese party that hopes to become a force to contend with in a Dec. 16 general election is calling for more defence spending to protect national interests and lower corporate and income taxes to bolster the economy, local media reported on Thursday.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - A new Japanese party that hopes to become a force to contend with in a December 16 general election called for more defense spending on Thursday to protect national interests and cuts in corporate and income taxes to bolster the economy.

The Japan Restoration Party, which trails only the main opposition Liberal Democrats in a latest opinion poll, also wants to shrink the role of the central government while strengthening market competition and making it easier to revise Japan's pacifist constitution.

The party's platform calls for breaking a decades-old unofficial cap that limited defense spending to 1 percent of gross domestic product and boosting maritime surveillance. Such moves could further strain ties with China, already frayed by a feud over islands in the East China Sea.

Deputy party chief and popular Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto said exporting Japan's weapons technology would make Japan more secure.

"What Japan can do is (forming) alliances in economy and in technology. If Japanese weapons flow into various countries while Japan is keeping the core (technology), that would be strong security (for Japan)," Hashimoto told a news conference unveiling the party's platform.

Japan last year relaxed its self-imposed ban on military equipment exports, but shipments are still limited to strategic allies like the United States.

About 15 percent of voters surveyed by the Nikkei business daily plan to vote for the Japan Restoration Party, ahead of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) with 13 percent but behind the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) at 23 percent.

In a reference to Japan's territorial spat with China over rocky East China Sea islets controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing and Taipei, the party urged China to take the matter to the International Court of Justice.

Sino-Japanese relations took a tumble in September when the Japanese government bought the disputed islets from a private Japanese owner, triggering violent protests and daily visits of Chinese government ships near the waters around the islands.

LDP chief Shinzo Abe said on Thursday retired Japanese navy vessels should be converted into coast guard ships to strengthen vigilance against Chinese ships in the area, according to Kyodo news agency.

Echoing LDP pledges of aggressive monetary easing to fight deflation, the Restoration Party wants to revise a law governing the Bank of Japan - a move critics worry would diminish central bank independence.

"Specific monetary steps should be handled by specialists. What elected officials ought to do is look into what's preventing the government and the Bank of Japan from working together well," Hashimoto said.

"There is just too much independence on the side of the Bank of Japan because of the Bank of Japan law."

The party's campaign pledges also called for cuts in corporate tax and income tax to boost Japanese companies' international competitiveness and drive private consumption, but provided no further details.

The party, which had dropped its anti-nuclear stance after founder Hashimoto decided to merge with a tiny pro-nuclear party led by the former governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, promised to phase out existing reactors by the 2030s.

"I personally have not given up on a 'zero nuclear by the 2030s' target. But there are no policy options to choose from," Hashimoto said.

"If what people are looking for is just words like 'zero nuclear in 10 years', I would say anything."

Public opposition to nuclear power in Japan has grown since the Fukushima radiation crisis last year, the world's worst in a quarter century.

(Additional reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by Linda Sieg and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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Comments (1)
Janeallen wrote:
If not for Reuters’s censorship of historical truths in the past months, it should have been obvious to the world that the so called
“restoration” platform represents

(1) worshiping of official Nazi allies, and class I war criminals
(2) whitewashing of crimes against humanity, including Korean sex slaves, unremitting unprovoked invasion of China from late 19th century till it was finally halted by the second Atomic bomb at Nagasaki in 1945, invasion of Pearl Harbor.
(3) deliberate racist portrayal of human beings of Chinese and all non-Japanese Asians as genetically inferior because unlike Japanese, they were not “Caucasians’ migrated from near the Caucasian mountains, but Japanese had actually migrated from near the Caucasian mountains(Ref: James Bradley’s book, Imperial Cruise). Not only were the Japanese propaganda that were widely disseminated in America since late 19th false on its face, but, as expected, DNA studies have proven the Japanese propaganda utterly baseless.

Yet, much of the habit of treating Japanese as the superior Asian race, that is a direct result of false Japanese propaganda continues.

The Japanese defamatory statements about people of Chinese ethnic origin became egregious, and all protests and factual retorts the Japanese defamatory statements were stifled and censored due to deliberate fabrication of the myth that comments by Americans, and Chinese Americans, were paid for or manufactured by mainland Chinese Communist Government. In fact, the vehement protests have been going on for decades in the United States, in Taiwan, in British controlled Hong Kong, in Europe by people who absolutely had no connection with mainland China at all.

Over 20+ million innocent Chinese civilians were massacred by Japanese militarisitc, worshipped by

If the international community has ANY moral fabric left, it should loudly support the condemnation of the neo-Nazi racist, anti-Asian agenda, that is behind the Restoration Party.

Instead, Reuters have allowed blatant distortion of historical, in an absolutely upside down fashion, many defaming, demonizing human rights defenders as “Nazis”, as propagated insidiously by Japanese neo-Nazis revisionists.

Reuters’s legacy in history will depend on whether Reuters actively correct the infamous distortion of news and history. Decision makers from Reuters who censured truths, to support defamation, demonization of honorable human rights defenders will be punished.

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