WASHINGTON – The national debate on Japan’s right to exercise collective self-defense has so far been inadequate, visiting New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi said Tuesday.
The government must do more if it wants to win public support for its plan to reinterpret constitutional restrictions on the right to collective self-defense, Yamaguchi said in a speech.
Yamaguchi called on the government to provide convincing reasons for a reinterpretation, and to maintain logical consistency with other security-related matters.
In addition, Japan needs to erase any concerns or sense of danger that neighbors and allies might have over the change, Yamaguchi said.
With its focus on social security and peace-oriented diplomacy, New Komeito has helped the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition take into account a wider range of public needs, he said, stressing that the party will act as a brake on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration.
Regarding increasing U.S. concerns about deteriorating relations between Japan and China, Yamaguchi said politicians in both countries need to have their own channels of communication so that they can help the two governments form agreements.