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2014年9月23日 (火)

公明党大会 政権の合意形成へ役割果たせ

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Komeito should continue to work for consensus in coalition govt
公明党大会 政権の合意形成へ役割果たせ

We expect New Komeito to fulfill its role for the political stability and implementation of important policies by continuously working for a consensus within the coalition government.
 政治の安定と重要政策の遂行に向けて、公明党は連立政権の合意形成に引き続き努力し、役割を果たしてもらいたい。

Komeito held its 10th national convention on Sunday, where Natsuo Yamaguchi was elected as its chief representative for the fourth time and appointments of new executives were approved.
 公明党が第10回全国大会を開き、山口代表の4選と新役員人事を正式決定した。

The party’s Secretary General Yoshihisa Inoue and Policy Research Council Chairman Keiichi Ishii retained their posts, while Yoshinori Oguchi, its deputy Diet affairs chief, was promoted to head the party’s Diet affairs council.
井上義久幹事長、石井啓一政調会長は留任し、国会対策委員長には大口善徳国対委員長代理が昇格した。

“We are going to support [the reshuffled Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe] firmly as a ruling coalition party and work hard with unwavering resolve to realize policy measures for the good of the people,” Yamaguchi said in a speech at the convention.
 山口代表はあいさつで、安倍改造内閣について「連立与党としてしっかり支え、国民のための政策実現に不退転の決意で邁進まいしんする」と語った。

“I would like to work together with the ruling coalition parties to achieve results,” said Abe, who was invited to the convention as a guest, in calling for Komeito to band together with his Liberal Democratic Party.
来賓の安倍首相も、「与党と協力して結果を出したい」と述べ、結束を呼びかけた。

Yamaguchi and Inoue have maintained a partnership and cooperative relations with the LDP since they took their posts in September 2009, including the three years when both parties were in opposition.
 山口、井上両氏は2009年9月の就任以来、3年余の野党時代を含め、自民党との連携・協力関係を維持してきた。

Next month will mark the 15th anniversary since the LDP and Komeito formed a coalition government under then Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi. The two parties deserve praise for contributing to political stability by making mutual concessions through talks to form agreements on a range of policy issues, including those the two parties differed on.
 小渕内閣で自公両党が連立してから、来月で15年を迎える。主張が異なる政策についても、双方が協議を重ねて歩み寄り、合意を形成してきたことは、政治の安定に貢献したと評価できる。

Greater constructive effort

The Abe Cabinet is now facing many policy issues including the recovery of the Japanese economy, revitalization of local economies, restoration of areas damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and social security system reforms. To help resolve these issues steadily, Komeito should make a greater constructive effort.
 安倍政権は今、経済再生、地方創生、震災復興、社会保障制度改革など、多くの政策課題に直面している。これらを着実に前進させるため、公明党には、一段と建設的な取り組みが求められる。

In national security affairs, the Abe Cabinet approved three new principles on the transfer of defense equipment and technology in April, which replaced the three principles banning arms exports, and in July decided on the new government view that allows Japan to exercise its collective self-defense right in a limited manner. Both changes have historical significance.
 安全保障政策でも、安倍政権は今年4月、武器輸出3原則に代わる防衛装備移転3原則を、7月には集団的自衛権の行使を限定容認する政府見解を決定した。いずれも歴史的な意義を持つものだ。

However, many members of Komeito were particularly cautious about or had objections to changing the government’s constitutional interpretation on the nation’s collective self-defense right because it has called itself a party for peace since its inauguration 50 years ago.
 50年前の結党以来、「平和の党」を標榜ひょうぼうする公明党には、特に集団的自衛権の憲法解釈変更について慎重・反対論が強かった。

However, Yamaguchi and other Komeito leaders held meetings with party members, including representatives of its local chapters, many times and patiently kept explaining to and convincing them until a consensus was finally reached. Komeito acted in a responsible manner as a ruling coalition party.
 だが、山口執行部は、地方組織代表を交えた会議を何度も開き、粘り強く説明と説得を繰り返して党内の意見をまとめた。政権与党として責任ある対応だった。

Meanwhile, Inoue said in a report at the convention as Komeito’s secretary general that the party’s middle-of-the-road stance was of such significance today that it is able to adjust the nation’s political sector whenever it swings or slants to the right or left, and making new policy proposals that are suitable with the changing times. Inoue also pointed out the party’s action on the nation’s collective self-defense right as one such example.
 党大会での井上幹事長報告は、公明党の中道路線の「今日的意義」として「政治の左右への揺れや偏りを正す」「時代の変化に応じた新しい政策提言」などを挙げた。集団的自衛権をめぐる対応はその実例だとも指摘した。

Based on the government’s new view on the collective self-defense right, the Abe administration will need to develop the legislative framework for national security. We expect Komeito to respond more positively to the issue, so as to create legislation that enhances the deterrence of the Japan-U.S. alliance and allow Self-Defense Forces to engage in viable activities.
 今後は、新政府見解に基づく安全保障法制の整備が課題となる。日米同盟の抑止力を強化し、自衛隊が実効性ある活動をできる法制となるよう、公明党には、一層の前向きな対応を期待したい。

Yamaguchi also stressed once again that the party aims to introduce reduced consumption tax rates on some items when the rate is raised to 10 percent.
 山口代表は、消費税率を10%に引き上げる際の軽減税率の導入を目指す方針を改めて強調した。

Komeito should play a leadership role in the coalition in working out a detailed plan for reduced consumption tax rates on these items.
 公明党は与党内で、軽減税率の具体的な制度設計の議論を主導することが重要である。

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Sept. 22, 2014)Speech

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