Looking to the Future, JCP Has Responsibility to Help Improve Present Conditions -- Communique on JCP 3rd CC Plenum

The Japanese Communist Party Secretariat on September 25 issued the following communique on the JCP 3rd Central Committee plenum

The JCP 3rd Central Committee plenum took place at JCP headquarters on September 24 and 25.

Kazuo Shii, JCP Secretariat head, made the Presidium Report.

(1) He made clear that in the new political situation following the House of Councilors election, the JCP is called on to perform a 'double' role, that is, to work to get a fundamental change away from Liberal Democratic Party politics and to influence real politics and break through the present political situation. He proposed that all aspects of JCP activity should be developed to match the needs of the new stage in the situation.

(2) He then made clear the failure of LDP politics and the immediate political tasks which include overcoming the economic recession, taking the financial question, and opposing the new 'Guidelines' for Japan-U.S. military cooperation and developing joint struggle between opposition parties. The JCP CC demanded that the Obuchi cabinet step down for reneging on the people's will and for the House of

Representatives to be dissolved as soon as possible and a general election held.

(3) Shii's report then proposed that the JCP pursue in a straightforward way for the achievement of a majority consensus among people about Japan's future image for the 21st century -- the course of democratic reform -- which is included in the JCP Program and the JCP 21st Congress decisions. He also stressed the need for specific efforts by the JCP to get the people to understand and support the course of democratic reform in Japan's economy and to win a majority of the people in favor of abrogation of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty. The report made clear the relation between a democratic coalition government and a temporary government on specific aims, and the conditions necessary for establishing such a temporary government. He also made clear the importance of making the argument for such a government.

(4) He made clear the historic significance of the normalization of relations between the JCP and the Communist Party of China and the talks between the heads of the two parties. Also he dealt with questions in connectionwith the Republic of Korea and North Korea, the struggle against outrageous U.S. hegemonism and nuclear weapons. JCP activity in these fields and for peace and progress in Asia is explained in the JCP 21st Congress decisions.

(5) He called on the whole party to work to get closer to achieving the target of "over 100 seats in the House of Representatives" in a general election and proposed political aims for the set simultaneous local elections (next spring-ed.) and points to be noted on election activity. Based on lessons from the last House of Councilors election, he called on the party to make strenuous effort to achieve a new advance in the election, by fully applying and developing the JCP 21st Congress decisions and the JCP 2nd CC Plenum's policy for the election struggle.

(6) On party building, he called on the party to grasp the new relations developing between the JCP and the voters and to develop party activity commensurate with them. In particular, he called for making a breakthrough and advancing the level of activity on three things as follows; study of the JCP 21st Congress decisions and the course of the JCP program, increase in Akahata subscribers and party membership.

(7) In conclusion, Shii proposed a drive to inform the people about the sort of party the JCP is, in response to the new interest by the people in the JCP. He stressed the need for the party to explain to the people that the JCP is a party which has a scientific perspective of human society developing to the point of overcoming capitalist society.

In the plenum discussion on the Presidium Report, 32 people spoke.

In the second day session, Tetsuzo Fuwa, Presidium chair, made a speech.

Fuwa pointed out that at the present stage of development, a dual approach is important on the party's basic position. The discussion about a government should be approached based on grasping the party's programmatic position in the context of actual politics, and take up the challenge of establishing the party's position which is appropriate for the present situation.

He said studying the experience of the political struggle in the 1970s has now become important, and, as an example, he explained that since then the party's policy on the Tenno (emperor) system has been consistent.

In carrying out party activity today, the important point is to thoroughly grasp the character of the present stage of its relations with the people and to pursue forms of activity which will help to develop them further. Based on this he said party branches should carry out activity covering two aspects; (1) to show the reason for the party's existence by defending the people's immediate interests in localities in work places and on campuses; and (2) to develop sympathy and support for the party, with the aim of establishing a majority in localities in work places and on campuses.

He also spoke about the need to grasp the political objective in elections, and to develop and strengthen the struggle on organization in the context of LDP-JCP confrontation.

Following the discussion, Shii, JCP Secretariat head, made some concluding remarks on behalf of the Presidium. He said the Presidium's proposal had been actively supported in the plenum discussion, and also by party organizations throughout the country who had seen a live broadcast of via communication satellite. He stressed the importance of fully pursuing in all fields of activity, the party's 'dual role.'

On the political situation, he called for canceling the framework of the "agreement" between the LDP and some opposition parties on the finance question, and also criticized the other parties who helped to force through the adverse revision of the Labor Standards Law. He said: In the joint struggles between the opposition parties, there are negative currents, but on a wider perspective the conditions exist for making advances. And thus, the JCP will continue to make a constructive effort.

Shii also spoke about the basic JCP position as regards the next general election, based on the need for correctly understanding the proposal to get those who support abrogation of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty to constitutethe majority, the key to getting the policy for democratic reform agreed to by a majority of the people. On the argument about a coalition government, he stressed that it is not only for dealing with the new developments of the situation, but it is an aggressive proposal for helping to make an advance in the next general election.

Next, Shii made the following points: The significance of helping party branches to exercise their 'dual role,' basic position on elections -- to display the party's pioneering spirit in local elections, including winning seats in the local assemblies in which the party has no seats, and getting a steady increase in the number of JCP seats by making JCP gains in offyear elections.

He called for making the Akahata Festival in November a great success as an event around which the party can be talked about and its existence made known on a very wide scale.

The Presidium Report, Presidium Chair Fuwa's speech, and the concluding remarks were unanimously adopted by the plenum.

The plenum elected Hikaru Nishiguchi, CC member, as a Presidium member. (end)


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