The Japanese Communist Party is finally making moves to update its 42-year-old party platform in an attempt to better reflect the reality of modern Japanese society and the world.
The JCP on Saturday presented the party’s Central Committee Plenum with a proposal to fully revise and update the wording of its manifesto, which details the party’s general policy objectives. If approved by the party Congress in November, it would be the first time that the party has drastically revised its policy platform.
The most notable change in the manifesto is the party’s policy goal, which will be stipulated as “democratic reform” of Japan — rather than “socialist revolution.”
While claiming that the new manifesto will inherit the essence of the current one, which has undergone four minor amendments in the past, Tetsuzo Fuwa, chairman of the committee, said its wording is often hard for the public to understand and that some of its provisions no longer reflect the reality of modern society.
The other major changes will include a reduction in the use of such phrases as “U.S. imperialism” — which is used in the current manifesto 32 times. The new platform will use it only once. “Japanese monopoly capital,” which appears in the current program 20 times, will be dropped entirely.
While it holds to the view that monopoly capital, for example, is one prime cause of Japan’s social problems, the new program will replace such phrases with more common or toned-down terms, including “economic hegemonism” and “large corporations and business circles.”
The new manifesto will, however, describe U.S. diplomatic policy as imperialistic.
The current program calls the Emperor system a “bourgeois monarchy” and demands that it be abolished; the new version will acknowledge that the reality of the system is far less than an actual monarchy and say it should be eventually abolished through legislative efforts in the Diet.
The new manifesto will describe the Soviet Union and other communist states that collapsed more than a decade ago as “those that attempted to part themselves from capitalism” rather than “would-be socialist countries,” as in the current version.
As the party’s prime policy goal, the revised program will set a target of “democratic reform” of Japan through legislative efforts, which will free the public from the interference of the U.S. and control by large corporations, rather than an urgent socialist revolution.
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