The opposition of Japan has demanded the convening of Parliament because of the scandal around Minister of defense
TOKYO, June 29. /TASS/. In Japan, the main opposition Democratic party (DP) together with three other political associations demanded that the government of an extraordinary session of Parliament to discuss the scandal surrounding defense Minister Tomomi Inada around which was a scandal due to her inaccurate statements.
The relevant requirement was officially handed over on Thursday the speaker of the lower house Tadamori Oshima.
In accordance with the 53rd article of the Constitution of Japan, the decision to convene an extraordinary session of Parliament adopts the government, and it should be done, if required by more than a quarter of MPs. The Secretary-General of the Cabinet of Ministers of Yoshihide Suga, commenting on the demand of the opposition has already been pointed out that the basic law does not imply any specific period when the Parliament should be convened in an extraordinary manner.
However, the Secretary General of the Cabinet reiterated on Wednesday voiced the position that Inada should continue. “The Minister Inada withdrew their application, which could be wrongly understood and apologized”, he said. At the same time Suga did not comment on how the scandal could affect the plans of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reshuffle the government, noting that this issue is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister.
The reason for the scandal was the performance Inade in support of the candidate from the ruling liberal democratic party (LDP) in Tokyo’s Itabashi district in the election campaign in the capital of the Prefecture. In her speech, “on behalf of the Ministry of defence, defense Forces, defense Minister and LDP,” urged voters to vote for him. The leader of the DP, Renho said that such statements “violate the Constitution, the electoral law and the law on self-defense Forces” and demanded that the Minister resign. However, she noted that the responsibility for the appointment of Ministers lies at the head of the government.
The result Inade had to abandon his application after only a few hours after the scandalous performance. Answering the journalists ‘ questions, she said that to leave is not going to resign, and in his speech he wanted to Express appreciation to the residents of the district, near which is part of the military.
On June 23 in Tokyo started the election campaign before the elections to the legislative Assembly of the capital of the Prefecture, where the ruling party headed by Prime Minister tipped to lose. Steadily gaining popularity of the movement “the Residents of the Prefecture — above all”, headed by the current Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike, who is in conflict with the local organization of the LDP.