Some 60 students at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government held separate meetings with up-and-coming Diet members Tuesday for candid discussions on the future course of Japan.
Democratic Party of Japan President Seiji Maehara gives a welcoming address
Tuesday in front of visiting students from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School
of Government at DPJ headquarters in Tokyo.
However, the student also said Maehara was an engaging politician who gave “clear comments” on the party’s stance against acts of worship at the contentious Yasukuni Shrine by top Japanese political figures.
But Andre Stein of Australia held a different view, criticizing the DPJ’s contradictory stance on national security.
“While Maehara agrees with U.S. (military) protection of Japan, the party is not interested in supporting the allied forces in Iraq,” he said.
The Kennedy School nurtures aspiring political leaders worldwide. The students arrived in Japan on Saturday to talk with top business and political leaders, including Bank of Japan Gov. Toshihiko Fukui, and were to leave for South Korea on Wednesday.
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