Yamaguchi speaks Fukuoka forum

December 14 , 2017

Yamaguchi was a guest speaker at the Mainichi Yoron Forum in Fukuoka on Dec. 13Yamaguchi was a guest speaker at the Mainichi Yoron Forum in Fukuoka on Dec. 13

On December 13, Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi was a guest speaker at the Mainichi Yoron Forum organized by The Mainichi, one of Japan’s largest national newspapers, sharing examples of Komeito’s policy successes in recent weeks.

Among these successes was the de facto free tuition for private high schools included in the new economic policy package approved by the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on December 8. Komeito had been developing a free-tuition program on its own for some time to alleviate the financial burden on families with children that were not accepted into public high schools. And because Japan’s basic education law still limits compulsory education to junior high school, the program would mean that both public and private high schools would be essentially tuition-free.

Yamaguchi also spoke on his recent visits to Seoul and Beijing, where he spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping, respectively.

In concluding his speech, the Komeito leader stated, “We will continue to promote policies we’ve developed on our own and engage in diplomatic exchange” based on what his party sees fit.