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2014年2月 3日 (月)

維新党大会 政策実現へ結束強化できるか

The Yomiuri Shimbun February 2, 2014
Can Ishin no Kai strengthen solidarity to realize its policies?
維新党大会 政策実現へ結束強化できるか(2月2日付・読売社説)

Is it possible for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) to strengthen its solidarity by overcoming the differences in policies between its Tokyo and Osaka members?
 東西の路線の違いを乗り越えて、結束を強化できるだろうか。

Ishin no Kai held its second party convention at a Tokyo hotel on Saturday.
 日本維新の会が、2回目となる党大会を都内のホテルで開いた。

The party’s action plan for this year stipulates that it will “engage in Diet deliberations as an opposition party that decides whether to support the government on an issue-by-issue basis, rather than oppose everything the government does.”
 2014年の活動方針には「何でも反対の野党ではなく、是々非々の野党として、国会に臨む」と明記した。

This action plan also emphasizes that the party should improve its ability to realize its policies. Reviewing the constitutional interpretation that prohibits the nation from exercising the right to collective self-defense, revising the Constitution and reforming the nation’s education system are among policies included in the action plan.
「政策実現力の強化」も強調し、具体的には集団的自衛権の憲法解釈見直しや憲法改正、教育改革などを挙げている。

Under the current Diet situation that can be described as “a single overwhelmingly strong party versus a host of weak ones,” Ishin no Kai has taken up the position of being a responsible opposition party that will work together with the ruling party on policies it can support.
 自民党が突出した「1強多弱」の状況の中で、同調できる政策には協力する「責任野党」の立場を選択したと言える。

At last year’s extraordinary Diet session, Ishin no Kai had discussions with the ruling camp on revising the draft for protecting specially designated state secrets, thus having the party’s own views included in the legislation.
 昨年の臨時国会で、維新の会は与党と協議して特定秘密保護法案を修正し、自らの見解を反映させた。

It apparently aims to promote its achievements by realizing its policies, rather than just criticizing the ruling camp, considering that the next national election will be held in 2½ years at the latest.
国政選挙まで最大2年半あるため、批判ばかりではなく政策を実現し、その実績をアピールしようという狙いだろう。

During the current Diet session, the LDP and its junior partner, New Komeito, plan to submit a bill to revise the National Referendum Law, which stipulates procedures for constitutional revisions.
 今国会では、自民、公明両党が、憲法改正の手続きを定める国民投票法改正案を提出する予定だ。

We hope that Ishin no Kai will proactively discuss the issue with the ruling camp and play a certain role in passing the bill in the Diet. This will pave the way for revising the Constitution.
維新の会も与党側と積極的に協議し、改正案の成立に一役買ってもらいたい。それが、憲法改正への道筋をつける一歩にもなる。

Meanwhile, the 2014 action plan also stipulates that it is “high time to realign opposition parties.” “We will seek genuine reform-minded forces in an attempt to come up with a viable alternative to take the reins of government,” it said, adding that the party will have policy debates with other opposition parties.
 一方で、活動方針には「今こそ野党を再編し、政権交代の受け皿となる真の改革勢力を結集する」とも盛り込んだ。他の野党と政策協議を進めるという。

These phrases have been included in the action plan by taking into consideration the fact that Toru Hashimoto, the party’s coleader and Osaka mayor, has started policy debates with Yui no To leader Kenji Eda, who calls his party a catalyzer for political realignment.
 橋下共同代表(大阪市長)は、再編のための「触媒政党」を自任している結いの党の江田代表と政策協議を始めている。それも念頭に置いた表現である。

Conflicting issues

However, Yui no To is calling for an end to the nation’s use of nuclear power. For this reason, Shintaro Ishihara, Ishin no Kai’s other leader who advocates the use of nuclear power, has said he will leave his party if it works with Yui no To.
 ただ、結いの党は「原発ゼロ」を掲げている。これに対し、原発の活用を唱える石原共同代表は、結いの党に同調するなら、離党も辞さない構えだ。

There are differences between Ishin no Kai members functioning in Osaka and party Diet members operating in Tokyo over nuclear and other policies. The party is based in Osaka.
 維新の会の本拠地である大阪と東京の国会議員団との間には、原発などの政策に隔たりがある。

During a speech at the convention, Hashimoto said he would encourage party members to discuss conflicting issues among themselves once again, before the party makes decisions on its policies by majority vote. Ishin no Kai should change its stance to concentrate on down-to-earth policies.
 橋下氏は党大会のあいさつで、党内で意見の対立する問題に関しては議論し直し、最後は多数決を採って方針を決定する考えを示した。維新の会は、現実的な政策に舵(かじ)を切るべきだ。

The party convention attracted a great deal of attention when Hashimoto expressed his intention to resign as mayor after his plan to transform Osaka Prefecture and Osaka city into an Osaka metropolis like Tokyo ran into opposition from prefectural and municipal assemblies.
 注目されたのは、橋下氏が、議会の抵抗で「大阪都構想」が行き詰まっているとして、市長を辞職する意向を明らかにしたことである。

Hashimoto apparently hopes to win public support for his Osaka metropolis plan through an election, similar to the backing he received in the November 2010 mayoral poll, and thus use the upcoming election to overcome the impasse.
出直し市長選で都構想の信を改めて問い、事態の打開を図る考えとみられる。

Ishin no Kai was established with the Osaka metropolis plan as its fundamental policy. However, can Hashimoto’s tactics gain the understanding of Osaka citizens?
 都構想は結党の原点とも言える政策だが、橋下流の戦術は市民の理解を得られるだろうか。

As Hashimoto’s popularity serves as a unifying force for Ishin no Kai, the outcome of the mayoral election will significantly influence his party’s strength.
 維新の会は、橋下氏の人気が求心力だけに、市長選の行方は党勢にも大きな影響を及ぼそう。

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Feb. 2, 2014)
(2014年2月2日01時25分  読売新聞)

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