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Shintaro Ishihara

INTERVIEW/ Shintaro Ishihara: Japan needs to become a military power again

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Shintaro Ishihara, the co-leader of the Japan Restoration Party (Nippon Ishin no Kai) and former Tokyo governor, has resumed his life as a politician after weeks of being out of the public eye. He later confirmed speculation that he had suffered a stroke in late February and was hospitalized due to a cold.

 

Ishihara, 80, resigned as Tokyo governor before running in the Lower House election in December 2012.

 

Ishihara, a former Liberal Democratic Party member, is the co-leader of the JRP with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto. The JRP holds 54 of 480 seats in the Lower House and 3 of 242 seats in the Upper House.

 

In an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on April 4, Ishihara emphasized that he will make constitutional revision an important issue of the campaign of the Upper House election slated for this summer. Ishihara also said his last job as a politician will be to pave the way for Hashimoto to become prime minister.

 

Question: Will revising the Constitution be an issue in the Upper House election slated for this summer?

Shintaro Ishihara: It should be. Japan has been isolated and ignored in the international community. In order to secure its international status, it should revise the Constitution. That is the responsibility of the current administration, whose members constitute two-thirds of the Lower House.

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By SATOSHI OKAMOTO/ Staff Writer

April 05, 2013

Read full article: ajw.asahi.com

2013-04-19


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