Party reaffirms stand on human rights, peace and denuclearization

May 3 , 2018

Yamaguchi with Michiko Takagi, Yosuke Takagi, Ota and Takeya at the west entrance of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on May 2Yamaguchi (center) with (from right) Michiko Takagi, Yosuke Takagi, Ota and Takeya at the west entrance of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on May 2

On May 2, the day before Japan’s Constitution Memorial Day, Komeito legislators took part in numerous outdoor speeches throughout the nation. In Tokyo, Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi reiterated the party’s stand regarding the highest law of the land and the upholding of three core constitutional principles of popular sovereignty, respect for basic human rights and permanent pacifism. He also reaffirmed Komeito’s position that Japan must take the lead in facilitating nuclear disarmament on behalf of the international community.

During his speech in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, Yamaguchi underscored the importance of human rights, noting that natural disasters and wars invariably exact the heaviest toll on our dignity and happiness as individuals—and that protecting citizens from typhoons, earthquakes, armed conflict and other natural and man-made crises fall under the purview of the constitution.

Yamaguchi also acknowledged that despite the growing rapprochement between the two Koreas, the international community must remain united in taking steps to effectuate the peninsula’s denuclearization. As for the broader goal of ridding the world of nuclear arms, the Komeito leader called for a series of eminent persons meetings to meet with experts from nuclear, non-nuclear and neutral states to examine and develop solutions for nuclear disarmament.

Akihiro Ota, House of Representatives members Yosuke Takagi and Michiyo Takagi, and House of Councillors member Toshiko Takeya joined Yamaguchi in the Shinjuku rally.