The Japanese Communist Party voted against the extension.
JCP Chair Shii Kazuo explained the JCP’s position at a news conference following the vote as follows:
(1) Today, in the National Land, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting, the Committee on Economy and Industry meeting, and the Plenary Session of the House of Representatives, the Japanese Communist Party expressed its opposition to approving the cabinet decision to extend the Japanese sanctions against North Korea, banning North Korean ships from entering Japanese ports and halting all imports from North Korea. I want to explain our basic position on these measures and the North Korean question in general.
(2) The JCP supported these Japanese measures against
Later, however, a major positive development took place regarding the question of
(3) In my questioning at the Plenary Session of the House of Representatives on October 4, I welcomed the agreement reached in October at the Six-Party Talks as an important step toward making the
The Japanese government in October last year adopted the two sanctions measures in response to
(4) In my questioning in the House of Representatives Plenary Session, I referred to the relations between the abduction issue and the nuclear issue as follows: “It is important to maintain the spirit of the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration in seeking a comprehensive resolution of all issues, including the nuclear programs, abductions of Japanese nationals, and the settlement of accounts of historical questions. In the process of pursuing a comprehensive resolution, it may be the case that one particular issue would be dealt with ahead of others. A breakthrough in one issue could promote the resolution of the other issues instead of obstructing them. In the ongoing process, if a reasonable solution is found on the issue of nuclear weapons, it could provide new conditions for an early resolution of the abduction issue. ”It is important to maintain this position.
The Japanese government should be called upon to play an active role in resolving the nuclear issue in line with the agreement reached at the Six-Party Talks. This is also important for an early resolution of the abduction issue. We believe it is important to take into account the actual development of the situation in considering the continued imposition of sanctions.
- Akahata, November 3, 2007