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Japan’s opposition parties call for self-reflection


08-15-2014 17:23 BJT

Opposition parties in Japan have called for Japanese to self-reflect on the 69th anniversary of the country’s surrender. This is in stark contrast to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s stance to speed up legislation to allow Japan's forces to be deployed overseas.

Banri Kaieda, President of the Democratic Party of Japan, says his party will adhere to an ideal that does not threaten other countries. He said Japan should take responsibility for the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. 

Yorihisa Matsuno, a Japanese politician of the Japan Restoration Association, and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet, said self-reflection lays a foundation of Japan’s prosperity. And that Japan had inflicted losses and misery on Asian countries. 

Meanwhile, Your Party’s Secretary General, Keiichiro Asao said Japan should wage no war against others in the future, and work towards world peace and stability. Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, since 2012, has called for lifting the ban on the right to collective self-defence. It also passed a cabinet resolution in July to drop a ban that has kept Japan's military from fighting overseas since World War Two. 

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