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2014年1月14日 (火)

東京都知事選 「脱原発」訴える場に適するか

The Yomiuri Shimbun January 13, 2014
Tokyo gubernatorial race incongruous for blowing 'denuclearization' trumpet
東京都知事選 「脱原発」訴える場に適するか(1月13日付・読売社説)

There are indications the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election may adversely affect the conduct of state affairs.
 東京都知事選が国政に影響しかねない。そんな様相を呈してきた。

This is because former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa has made clear his intention to run in the election, upsetting the widely expected scenario that former Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe would be the key figure in the Tokyo poll, as his bid is likely to be supported by the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, New Komeito.
 自民、公明両党の支援を受ける見通しの舛添要一元厚生労働相を軸に進んでいた選挙戦に細川護煕元首相が出馬の意向を固めたからだ。

Hosokawa apparently is poised to run on a campaign pledge to eliminate nuclear power plants and plans to seek the backing of another former prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, who has called for “reducing the nation’s nuclear plants to zero.”
 細川氏は「脱原発」を掲げる意向で、「原発ゼロ」を唱える小泉元首相に近く協力を要請する。

Kenji Utsunomiya, former president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, who has already declared his intention to run in the Tokyo race with the support of the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party, also argues that the nation should “break away from nuclear power generation.”
共産、社民両党が推す前日本弁護士連合会長の宇都宮健児氏も、「脱原発」を主張している。

What should be taken into consideration in this connection is that nuclear power generation is crucial to the central government’s overall energy policy. Any attempt to make the elimination of nuclear plants a major campaign issue in the Tokyo gubernatorial race is highly questionable.
 そもそも原子力発電は、国のエネルギー政策の根幹にかかわる問題だ。脱原発を都知事選の争点にしようとするのは疑問である。

Apparently in a move to prevent nuclear power from becoming a major issue in the Tokyo contest, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration is set to put off a decision, which was scheduled by the end of the month, on the government’s basic energy plan, a set of guidelines charting midterm and long-range energy policies. This means the Tokyo election has already begun to affect state affairs.
 都知事選での争点化を避ける狙いもあり、安倍政権は中長期的なエネルギー政策の指針となるエネルギー基本計画について、月内の決定を先送りする方針だ。国政への影響は早くも出始めている。

Should candidates spouting slogans to eliminate nuclear power generation garner large numbers of votes in the Tokyo poll, a mammoth power-consumption area, the prospects for reactivating some of the idled reactors would be adversely affected. The prime minister’s Abenomics business growth policy package, and the effort to rebuild the national economy, could be hampered.
 電力の大消費地である東京で、「脱原発」候補の票が伸びれば、原発再稼働への影響も避けられない。ひいては首相の経済政策「アベノミクス」の成長戦略、経済の再生に支障となる恐れもある。

Both LDP, DPJ disappointing

Developments over possible candidates in the Tokyo election also have begun to cast a shadow over the stability of the Abe Cabinet. There are signs in the ruling camp of a group distancing itself from the prime minister in the selection of a candidate for the Tokyo contest despite the current Diet situation that is referred to as “a single overwhelmingly strong party versus a host of weak ones.”
 政権の安定にも影を落としている。「1強多弱」と称される状況の中、都知事選の候補者選びを機に、与党内に安倍首相と距離を置く勢力が生まれつつある。

As former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori put it: “There are those who are considering winning the election on the strength of support from Mr. Koizumi. I think this is a bit sneaky.” Mori’s remark indicates a strong sense of caution over the probable cooperation between Hosokawa and Koizumi, both of whom were popular as prime ministers.
 森元首相が「小泉さんの応援で選挙を勝とうと考える人たちがいるが、ちょっと卑怯(ひきょう)だ」と語ったのは、かつて国民的人気の高かった細川、小泉両氏が連携することへ警戒感を示したと言える。

Hosokawa’s intention of running for governor also has caused the opposition bloc to sit up and take notice.
 一方、野党側にも細川氏の出馬の意向は、波紋を広げている。

Some observers have pointed to the possibility of the Hosokawa-Koizumi alliance developing into a realignment of opposition parties with the aim of rallying anti-LDP political forces under the banner of ending Japan’s reliance on nuclear power generation.
脱原発を旗印に、自民党に対抗する政治勢力の結集を目指す野党再編に発展していく可能性があるとの指摘も出ている。

What we find disappointing is the stance the ruling and opposition camps have taken toward the Tokyo election. Neither the LDP nor the Democratic Party of Japan are fielding candidates on their own initiatives.
 情けないのは、都知事選に対する与野党の姿勢だ。自民、民主両党とも今回、党主導による候補擁立を見送った。

The LDP is set to throw its support behind Masuzoe. It should be noted that Masuzoe was expelled from the LDP after he criticized the party leadership when the LDP was out of power a few years ago. Understandably, there is a body of opinion within the LDP that is averse to Masuzoe, but he has won support from the ruling party because he is widely considered to emerge victorious.
 自民党は舛添氏を支援する。舛添氏は自民党の野党時代、党のあり方を批判して、除名された。党内には舛添氏への反発がくすぶっているものの、「勝てる候補」であることが優先された。

The DPJ, for its part, was initially inclined to back Masuzoe, but is now set to switch to Hosokawa. DPJ’s vacillation makes us wonder what the party really believes in.
 民主党は当初、舛添氏を推す考えだったが、細川氏支援に切り替えようとしている。党としての主体性はどこにあるのか。

The Tokyo gubernatorial election will be officially announced on Jan. 23 and voting and ballot counting will be held on Feb. 9.
 都知事選は23日に告示され、2月9日に投開票される。

A wide range of questions must be taken up in the campaign, including how to address the challenges leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the problem of the rapidly graying population and what measures should be taken if Tokyo is struck by an epicentral earthquake with its focus just below the metropolis.
2020年東京五輪・パラリンピックへの対応や、急速に進む人口の高齢化、首都直下地震への対策など様々な課題が問われる。

The issue of eliminating nuclear power generation must not be the sole focus of attention in the Tokyo election campaign.
脱原発だけに焦点をあててはならない。

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Jan. 13, 2014)
(2014年1月13日01時31分  読売新聞)

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