Prime Minister Taro Aso on Monday criticized the Democratic Party of Japan’s campaign platform as inconsistent on national security and failing to clarify how the party would finance other policies it promises to implement.
Aso attacked the DPJ for dropping references in its manifesto to its opposition to the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s refueling mission in the Indian Ocean. “It no longer violates the Constitution?” Aso asked. “Being equivocal on national security, the most important issue for the state, would jeopardize Japan’s security.”
He also blasted the DPJ for being “irresponsible” for pledging new programs without clarifying how it would pay for them.