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2014年9月24日 (水)

社説:維新の党結成 なぜ再編か大義を示せ

September 23, 2014(Mainichi Japan)
Editorial: 'Third force' opposition parties need big ideas more than mergers
社説:維新の党結成 なぜ再編か大義を示せ

The Japan Restoration Party (JRP) and fellow opposition party Yui no To have officially merged to become the Japan Innovation Party (Ishin no to), as well as the second-largest opposition bloc with 53 Diet seats.
 再編に足る旗印は何だろうか。日本維新の会と結いの党が合流、衆参53議員を擁し野党で2番目の勢力となる「維新の党」が発足した。
   
With internal strife rocking Your Party, the so-called "third political force" -- parties that are neither in government with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and New Komeito nor joined to the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) -- is shifting quickly.
 第三極勢は、みんなの党で内紛が再燃するなど流動化が続いている。

No matter the new form it takes, however, as long as this revamped opposition force fails to differentiate itself clearly from the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as long as its policy goals remain fuzzy, it is unlikely to inspire impassioned support from the Japanese electorate.
安倍政権との距離や理念、目標がはっきりしないまま新勢力を結集しても、国民の共感を呼ぶような躍動感は生まれまい。

Before these "third force" parties get too excited about their long-talked about "opposition realignment," they ought to create a solid policy foundation.
野党再編を気負う前に、足元の政策を固めるべきだ。

The new Japan Innovation Party (JIP) is led jointly by JRP leader and Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, and Yui no To leader Kenji Eda.
 日本維新の会、結いの党でそれぞれ代表だった橋下徹、江田憲司両氏が共同代表に就任した。

Hashimoto -- who once shared JRP leadership duties with former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara -- has said the formation of the new party is "just one phase in the (opposition) realignment process," and strongly expressed his desire to be in the forefront of a broad restructuring of the Japanese political world.
二枚看板だった石原慎太郎氏とたもとを分かって参加した橋下氏は「再編の一過程に過ぎない」と述べ、政界再編を主導する意欲を強調している。

The two-headed leadership model, however -- especially with Eda looking very much like he's being slotted into Ishihara's place -- speaks volumes about how hard opposition realignment will really be going forward.
 だが、江田氏が石原氏と交代したような印象すら一見与える橋下氏との双頭体制は、前途の厳しさを物語っている。

The breakup of both Your Party and the former JRP occurred because of serious internal divisions, and there are deep divides within the new JIP as well.
日本維新の会、みんなの党がそれぞれ深刻な内部対立を抱え分裂したように、合流した両勢力には深い溝が横たわっているためだ。

First and foremost, the JIP must illustrate how its goals differ significantly from those of the Abe administration.  肝心の安倍政権との距離がまず、判然としない。

Hashimoto has evinced a certain respect for the current government, saying the Abe administration has "tackled some things that politics in Japan has never dealt with before."
橋下氏は「安倍政権は今まで政治が取り組まなかったことに取り組んでいる」と一定の評価をする。

Eda, meanwhile, appears to place enormous importance on highlighting differences with the LDP-led administration. これに対し江田氏は政権と違いを出すことに重点を置いているようだ。

If the JIP cooperates with the Abe government even temporarily, how will it make itself into a power great enough to take over government itself?
仮に政権と協調するのであれば「政権担当可能な一大勢力の形成」とどう整合させるのか。

The party won't be able to do that, to make itself a genuine alternative, simply by supporting or opposing individual government policies.
政策ごとの是々非々では片付けられまい。

Furthermore, there is still a yawning policy gap within the new JIP.
 政策のギャップも解消されていない。

For example, the former JRP broadly supports the reinterpretation of the Constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense, while the former Yui no To is more cautious.
憲法解釈変更による集団的自衛権行使容認をめぐっては肯定派の旧維新の会と慎重な旧結いの党に違いがある。

The JIP has released a 65-point policy outline, but its membership apparently still has yet to agree on the party's position on serious national issues including the consumption tax hike and the restart of Japan's nuclear reactors.
65項目の基本政策を発表したが、消費増税や原発再稼働など意見集約はこれからだという。

It looks a lot like the former JRP and Yui no To put a much higher priority on their merger than actual policy.
政策よりも合流優先だったのではないか。

Meanwhile, the ongoing internal strife within fellow "third force" Your Party is just plain ugly.
 一方、みんなの党の内紛はあまりにお粗末だ。

Former Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe has openly criticized current leader Keiichiro Asao, saying Asao "should resign if he seeks opposition realignment," thereby sparking yet more infighting and chaos.
渡辺喜美前代表が浅尾慶一郎代表を「野党再編に走るなら辞めるべきだ」と批判、党内は混乱している。

It's quite a surprise, we must say, that Watanabe -- a man whose own political funding scandal caused so much damage to his party -- now has the gumption to call for the resignation of his successor.
政治資金問題で党に打撃を与えた渡辺氏が党首に辞任を要求する感覚に驚いてしまう。

It's not inconceivable that Watanabe's sudden assault on Asao was in fact designed to prevent the Your Party leader from joining hands with Hashimoto and Eda, with whom Watanabe is in conflict.
浅尾氏に仕掛けた唐突な路線論争は渡辺氏と対立する橋下、江田両氏への接近阻止が本当の目的ではないか、という疑念をぬぐえない。

All in all, the prospects for opposition consolidation remain cloudy indeed.
 野党再編の展望は開けていない。

The DPJ has rebuilt its executive ranks, looking to solidify the party's political posture and differentiate itself from the fractious "third force" opposition realignment movement.
民主党は新たな執行部人事で挙党態勢を目指し、再編路線と一線を画した。

There are, however, questions on how much political fight the DPJ can put up on major issues.
野党として、どこまで対立軸を示していけるかが問われている。

The "third force" parties -- which did so well in the 2012 House of Representatives election -- slammed headfirst into the massive bulk of the ruling coalition, essentially disintegrating as they tried to make themselves seen and heard in the shadow of the Abe administration.
 2012年の衆院選で気を吐いた第三極勢が自壊したのは巨大与党を前に存在感発揮の壁に突き当たったためだろう。

So why, the voters must be asking, are these "third force" parties merging instead of taking a hard look at their post-election crash-and-burn and coming up with big ideas the country could get behind?
その反省に立ち、納得できる大義を掲げないようではなぜ合流なのか、有権者は戸惑ってしまう。

At the very least, we would like to see them fulfill their responsibilities as opposition parties and stand up to the government in the Diet.
国会論戦で政権に立ち向かう重責をまずは自覚してもらいたい。

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