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2013年2月26日 (火)

民主党大会 新綱領で一致団結できるか

The Yomiuri Shimbun (Feb. 26, 2013)
Can DPJ unify itself with new party platform?
民主党大会 新綱領で一致団結できるか(2月25日付・読売社説)

The Democratic Party of Japan has an opportunity to reinvent itself after approaching the brink of catastrophe. The party held its regular convention Sunday and adopted a platform stipulating its basic philosophy and goals. It also issued a report summing up its management of the government and the major defeat the party suffered in the latest House of Representatives election.
 文字通り、崖っぷちからの再出発である。
 民主党が定期党大会を開き、党の基本理念・目標を定める綱領や、政権運営・衆院選惨敗を総括する第1次報告を採択した。

In his address to the convention, DPJ President Banri Kaieda called for solidarity, saying, "Let's unite under a new party platform."
 海江田代表はあいさつで、「新しい綱領の下に一致団結しよう」と党の結束を呼びかけた。

The platform stipulates that the DPJ is a reform party whose aim is to fight vested interests and collusion for the benefit of ordinary citizens, taxpayers, consumers and workers.
 綱領は、民主党が生活者、納税者、消費者、働く者の立場に立ち、「既得権や癒着の構造と闘う改革政党」だと明記している。

When the party was inaugurated in 1998, it produced a paper titled "Our basic philosophy." This time, it created a formal "platform," although belatedly.
 1998年の結党時に「私たちの基本理念」という文書を作成してはいるが、今回、遅ればせながら、正式な「綱領」を制定した。

The platform avoided using such ideological language as "middle-of-the-road democracy" or "liberal," in light of objections from conservative members of the party.
「民主中道」「リベラル」といったイデオロギーを掲げなかったのは、保守系が反対したためだ。

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A party divided

It cannot be denied that the party remains "a congeries of many households" and "mutual election support groups" whereby Diet members from such ideologically different parties as the Liberal Democratic Party and the Japan Socialist Party gathered under the slogan "anti-LDP."
 自民党から社会党まで、様々な出身母体を持つ議員が「反自民」で結集した「寄り合い所帯」「選挙互助会」的な体質が今なお残っていることは、否定できない。

Standing out in the platform are abstract key phrases such as "symbiotic society" and "the new public." But its axis of confrontation with the LDP is hardly clear.
 綱領は、「共生社会」「新しい公共」といった抽象的なキーワードが目立つが、自民党との対立軸が明確とは言い難い。

With regards to the Constitution, in particular, the party remains unclear as to its future course. The platform includes the opinions of members who support the current Constitution and those who want to amend it. The platform says the party "will realize the fundamental spirit of the Constitution" and "will form a future-oriented Constitution."
 特に憲法では、「憲法の基本精神を具現化する」「未来志向の憲法を構想していく」と、護憲派、改正派の双方に配慮した両論併記となり、目指す方向が不明確だ。

As before, the party has merely put off the problem in the sake of harmony at least for now.
従来同様、当面の党内融和を優先した問題の先送りに過ぎない。

In its course of action for fiscal 2013, the party has portrayed the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election and the House of Councillors election, scheduled for this summer, as "critical political battles with the party's fate at stake." The party's understanding is reasonable. It faces a crucial moment that may determine whether it can continue playing a part in the two-party system.
 2013年度活動方針は、今夏の東京都議選と参院選を「党の存亡を賭けた重大な政治決戦」と位置づけた。当然の認識だ。2大政党の一翼を担い続けられるかどうかの正念場となろう。

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Conditions worse than before

The current environment surrounding the DPJ is even harsher than before.
 民主党を取り巻く現在の環境はかつてなく厳しい。

On Friday, two upper house members whose seats were up for election submitted letters of resignation from the party. They may have concluded they would not get enough votes if they stayed in a party that voters no longer trust.
 22日には、夏に改選を迎える参院議員2人が離党届を提出した。有権者が不信を募らせる民主党では戦えない、という判断もあるのだろう。

In the city assembly election of Kitakyushu held late last month, the DPJ placed fourth in the number of seats won, following the LDP, New Komeito and the Japanese Communist Party.
1月末の北九州市議選で民主党は、自民、公明、共産に次ぐ第4党に転落した。

Over Diet affairs, the so-called united front of opposition parties is in disarray, with the DPJ opposing a supplementary budget for fiscal 2012 and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) supporting it.
 国会対応でも、民主党が12年度補正予算案に反対したのに対し、日本維新の会は賛成するなど、野党共闘の足並みは乱れている。

In the party convention, senior members of both Ishin no Kai and Your Party, who had left the DPJ, made guest speeches, criticizing the DPJ for such failings as its dependence on labor unions.
 民主党大会では、いずれも民主党を離党した維新、みんなの党の幹部が来賓挨拶(あいさつ)を行い、民主党の労組依存体質などを批判した。

With the upper house election ahead, DPJ campaign cooperation with other opposition parties such as Ishin no Kai and Your Party will become an issue of great importance, but differences over key policies have hampered progress.
 参院選に向けては、維新、みんな両党などとの選挙協力が重要課題となるが、政策面の違いが障害となり、進んでいない。

If the DPJ pursues cooperation with Ishin no Kai and Your Party, it will have to to take more realistic approaches on key policy issues such as the Constitution, diplomacy and national security.
 民主党が両党との連携を追求するなら、憲法や外交・安全保障など政策面で、より現実的な路線をとることが求められよう。

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Feb. 25, 2013)
(2013年2月25日01時19分  読売新聞)

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