Yamaguchi briefs Komeito Diet members on policy issues, China visit

December 9 , 2017

Yamaguchi speaks at party general meeting of both Houses on Dec. 9Yamaguchi speaks at party general meeting of both Houses on Dec. 9

Komeito Chief Representative spoke at a general meeting of Komeito legislators of both Diet houses on December 9, briefing them on such matters as tax reform, developing the 2018 budget and education policy.

Reporting success on a broad front, Yamaguchi said the party has achieved significant progress on the issue of alleviating the cost of education from preschool to high school, noting that specific programs have been incorporated in the upcoming national budget.

Komeito has pushed for free preschool education since 2006, and the government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has agreed to allocate a portion of the revenues raised from the consumption tax increase next year to fund the initiative. Additionally, the two ruling coalition partners of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito have agreed to back free tuition for high school students, another key initiative that Yamaguchi’s party has been lobbying for.

The Komeito leader also reported on his recent visits to Seoul and Beijing, where he met Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in and People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping, respectively. Among the issues he discussed on the occasion was the denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Komeito’s strong backing of a trilateral summit among the top leaders of South Korea, China and Japan.