Yamaguchi defines New Komeito role in Hiroshima speech

March 21 , 2011

Yamaguchi in Hiroshima on Mar. 17Yamaguchi in Hiroshima on Mar. 17

March 21: At a public rally held in Hiroshima City on Sunday, March 20, New Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi reiterated his party’s commitment to local and national disaster relief efforts, as well as the reconstruction of Japan.

“There is no ruling party or opposition party,” he declared. “In order to cope with what is surely a national crisis and challenge, we must all work together.”

Yamaguchi said he had assured Prime Minister Naoto Kan that New Komeito would extend the administration its fullest cooperation and that it was imperative to appoint a special minister to oversee the nation’s relief and reconstruction effort. He added that such “irrelevant” outlays as the toll-free expressway program in the fiscal 2011 national budget must be eliminated and that the government must focus the nation’s financial resources on aiding disaster victims and rebuilding Japan.

Yamaguchi said that New Komeito has already relayed dozens of proposals to the Kan Cabinet which have since been adopted, and that additional recommendations were in the pipeline.

He also thanked donors throughout Japan who had contributed more than 200 million yen to a special relief fund New Komeito established on March 14. The first 100 million yen was presented to the Japanese Red Cross Society on Friday, March 18.

Yamaguchi lauded the work of his party’s legislators in municipal and prefectural assemblies in the disaster-stricken region. He said local New Komeito lawmakers were actively serving their communities, personally encouraging victims in the field and working as volunteers in the relief effort. It was this unwavering commitment to the citizens of local communities, he explained, that made New Komeito’s 3,000-strong elected representatives a meaningful national network.

“Our party is resolved to do everything we can to transform every difficulty and challenge into an opportunity to rebuild Japan,” he concluded.