Cablegate: Japanese Morning Press Highlights 05/18/07

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1) Top headlines
2) Editorials
3) Prime Minister's daily schedule

4) Jiji poll shows the Abe Cabinet support rate slipped 1.2 points
to 39.4%

Defense and security issues:
5) Preliminary survey of Futenma relocation site likely to start
full scale today
6) An MSDF vessel will be present as survey proceeds at Futenma
relocation site, but government denies its purpose is to provide
7) Joint US-Japan F-15 drill starts at Komatsu base
8) Iwakuni mayor outraged that government subsidies for building
construction will halt because he is against relocation of US Navy
carrier jets to local base
9) Defense Minister Kyuma positive about research on intercepting
incoming missiles after launched
10) LDP's Taku Yamasaki in criticizing Prime Minister Abe for
ordering research on collective self-defense says, "It will affect
Japan-China relations"

11) Letter by group of conservative lawmakers to US Congress urges
keeping North Korea on list of terrorist-sponsoring states

12) Foreign Minister Aso about to come out with book, "Extraordinary
Japan," as part of his bid to be Abe's successor as prime minister

13) Former Prime Minister Koizumi's private secretary Iijima has a
new book out on the Koizumi diplomacy

14) Sankei's Komori: WWII US Army document describes comfort-women
system as an employee-worker contract arrangement

Political agenda:
15) Lawmaker lambastes Ministry of Education for adopting animated
DVD for school use that glorifies Yasukuni and the past war
16) JCP's Shii blasts Minshuto (Democratic Party of Japan) for
dumping joint struggle strategy against the ruling camp in drive to
take power as second party
17) Minshuto in dilemma over whether to support or oppose amended
political funding law
18) Regional parties are on the move preparing for elections
19) Health Ministry criticizes Justice Ministry's bill for training
foreign workers in Japan
20) Three education bills clear Lower House



Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei & Tokyo Shimbun:
Ex-gangster shoots four; police officer killed, three injured

Nihon Keizai:
Initial visit fee at private-practice doctors to be lowered

JCP to unite for Upper House election

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(1) Why is collective defense needed?
(2) Don't ease tight leash on spending cuts in next state budget

(1) Open skies: More international flights at Haneda needed
(2) Don't take measles lightly

(1) GDP growth: Concerns remain about domestic demand
(2) Inter-Korean train: Reconciliation alone unable to make the
North give up nuclear programs

Nihon Keizai:
(1) Backdoor meetings for education reform not needed
(2) No need for excessive pride in moderate economic growth

(1) GDP: Excessive concern about slow growth unnecessary
(2) Tokyo Dental College scandal: Japan Dental Association must
clean up its own house
Tokyo Shimbun:
(1) Three education bills: Concern about government control cannot
be dispelled
(2) Inter-Korean train leaves many questions

Jan-May GDP: Vicious circle of poverty must be ended

3) Prime Minister's Official Residence (Kantei)

Prime Minister's schedule, May 17

NIHON KEIZAI (Page 2) (Full)
May 18, 2007

Met with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Shimomura at the Kantei.

Met with Election Strategy Headquarters General Affairs Director
Yatsu, followed by Assistant Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Matoba.

Lower House Educational Revitalization Special Committee meeting.

Met with Internal Affairs Minister Suga at the Kantei.

Lower House Educational Revitalization Special Committee meeting.

Headquarters for Promoting Measures for the Disabled meeting.

Charity show by the Jagaimo-no-kai at the NHK Hall. Met with singer
Shinich Mori offstage.


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Arrived at the official residence.

4) Poll: Cabinet support at 39.4%, down 1.2 points

TOKYO (Page 2) (Full)
May 18, 2007

The rate of public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his
cabinet scored 39.4% in a public opinion survey conducted by Jiji
Press on May 10-13. The figure was down 1.2 percentage points from
the preceding month. However, the nonsupport rate also dropped 1.2
points from the preceding month to 33.6%, showing a decrease for the
second month in a row. The support rate topped the nonsupport rate
in all age brackets. This is presumably because there were no big
faults like scandals involving cabinet ministers.

In the breakdown of reasons for supporting the Abe cabinet, 13.8%
answered that there is no other appropriate person, topping all
other reasons for the fifth month in a row. Among other reasons,
12.1% picked a good image of the prime minister, with 10.5% saying
the premier is trustworthy.

5) Gov't likely to begin survey of Futenma relocation site today

MAINICHI (Page 2) (Full)
May 18, 2007

The Naha bureau of the Defense Facilities Administration Agency will
likely start a full-scale survey today for the planned relocation of
the US Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in the city of Ginowan,
Okinawa Prefecture, to a coastal area of Camp Schwab, a US military
base the island prefecture's northern coastal city of Nago. The DFAA
will set up equipment in the offing of Nago's Henoko district near
the camp to look into the current state of sea there. The Maritime
Self-Defense Force will cooperate with the DFAA, which is also an
organization in the Defense Ministry's chain of command as well as
the MSDF. This is in line with the ministry's in-house work support
setup. However, it is unusual for the MSDF to back up the DFAA at
work. The Japan Coast Guard's 11th Regional Coast Guard,
headquartered in the city of Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, and local
police will be on the watch for security. However, civic groups
opposing Futenma relocation to Nago are planning demonstrations at
sea, using canoes and other boats. The work of setting up equipment
is likely to be thrown into confusion.

This time, the DFAA will install equipment on the seabed off Henoko
to monitor egg-laying corals for an environmental impact assessment.
The MSDF has sent the Bungo, a 5,700-ton minesweeper tender based at
Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture, and its frogmen are going to cooperate
in setting up the monitoring equipment.

Meanwhile, the Okinawa prefectural government has rejected the
Futenma relocation plan. The Defense Ministry has therefore judged
that it could not expect the prefectural government's cooperation
even if the ministry enters into procedures for an environmental
assessment. The DFAA already looked into underwater conditions in
wider sea areas on April 24-26.

6) SDF minesweeper tender deployed to Okinawa for Futenma

NIHON KEIZAI (Page 2) (Full)

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May 18, 2007

The Self-Defense Forces have dispatched the Bungo, a minesweeper
tender, to waters off Camp Schwab, the relocation site for Futenma
Air Station in Okinawa, sources said yesterday. The step, intended
to make preparations against a possible local movement to block a
preliminary environmental assessment required for the relocation, is
likely to draw criticism from opposition parties.

A civilian research company commissioned by the Defense Facilities
Administration Agency will conduct the survey. The Bungo is
navigating toward Okinawa after leaving Yokosuka Base in Kanagawa
Prefecture on May 11, according to the sources.

Although the SDF Law includes a provision pertaining to the
mobilization of the SDF for maintaining peace and public order, the
law has never been invoked for such purposes. Defense Agency
Operations Planning Bureau chief Shinnosuke Yamasaki referred to the
Bungo's dispatch as an act of "interagency cooperation" under the
National Administration Organization Law rather than for maintaining
peace and public order. Defense Vice Minister Takemasa Moriya said
in a press conference: "Three years ago, anti-base protesters
blocked us from conducting a drilling survey."

7) Japan, US begin joint training at Komatsu base

MAINICHI (Page 2) (Full)
May 18, 2007

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force and the US Air Force began
full-fledged joint training yesterday at the ASDF's Komatsu base in
the city of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, using F-15 fighter planes,
with some of US fighter jets' flight training missions transferred
from their bases to ASDF bases along with the realignment of US
forces in Japan. Five fighter jets and about 80 US servicemen from
the US Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture are participating in
the joint training. The ASDF and the USAF will conduct joint
training exercises for a total period of four days until May 22,
excluding Saturday and Sunday, with the participation of up to 16

8) Iwakuni mayor criticizes suspension of city hall subsidies

ASAHI (Page 4) (Full)
May 18, 2007

The Lower House Security Committee yesterday heard testimony from
mayor Katsuhiko Ihara of Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, who is
opposed to a plan to relocate US carrier-borne aircraft to the base
in the city as part of ongoing US force realignment. Touching on the
discontinuation of subsidies for the new city hall construction
project, the mayor criticized the government's carrot-and-stick
policy, saying: "I cannot believe it. The measure is unreasonable."

According to Ihara, the city received subsidies from two years ago
for the project, which was not linked to the US force realignment,
but the government unilaterally stopped paying subsidies in the
third year. "This means the government will not subsidize the city
unless we embrace the US force realignment. I feel that (the city
hall project) is now completely linked to (the aircraft
relocation)," Ihara said.

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9) Kyuma mulls studying post-boost missile intercept

MAINICHI (Page 2) (Full)
May 18, 2007

Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma, sitting in yesterday on the House of
Councillors Foreign and Defense Affairs Committee, indicated a
positive view about the advisability of studying an airborne laser
(ABL), which intercepts ballistic missiles right after they are
launched. "I feel no reluctance about studying it," Kyuma stated
before the committee. Meanwhile, the government has been negative
about intercepting a missile right after it is launched, saying that
doing so could be categorized as an act of exercising the right of
collective self-defense. The statement made by the defense minister
can be said to be in line with the moves of Prime Minister Abe and
his office to reinterpret the Constitution.

Referring to intercepting a missile in its post-boost phase, Kyuma
noted that an ABL is a laser weapon that can disable a missile.
However, Kyuma also stated that the laser would have to enter the
missile-launching country's territory. In addition, he noted the
problem of accuracy and cost.

The Defense Ministry will set about research and development next
fiscal year for high-power laser weapons, which the United States
has been weighing as effective to intercept missiles right after
they are launched. The ministry also envisions ABL research and
development. However, intercepting a missile over the country that
launched it could be regarded as a violation of that country's
airspace. In addition, shooting down a launched missile before
finding that it has targeted at Japan could fall under the category
of exercising the right of collective self-defense that is
prohibited in the government's constitutional interpretation.

10) Yamasaki criticizes Abe

ASAHI (Page 4) (Full)
May 18, 2007

Taku Yamasaki, a former secretary general of the Liberal Democratic
Party, criticized Prime Minister Abe's plan to review security
restrictions in the name of studying the right to collective
self-defense during an LDP special committee meeting (chaired by
Shoichi Nakagawa) yesterday. Yamasaki said: "With the Upper House
election coming up, is there any need to initiate a discussion that
might strain relations with China?"

Yamasaki also indicated that during his trip to China in late April,
a senior Chinese Communist Party official had explained that the
country's military buildup was aimed against the liberalization of
Taiwan. Yamasaki added: "Discussions must be conducted based on the
realization that (China) is more sensitive to the Taiwan issue than
to the Yasukuni issue." Yamasaki also expressed concern about the
collective defense advisory council to the prime minister, saying:
"The issue of Taiwan will inevitably crop up. If the regional
contingency law is to be revised for expanding the scope of Self
Defense-Force activities, it would have a major impact on
Japan-China relations."

11) Japanese lawmakers to send a letter to all US lawmakers urging
that North Korea not be removed from list of states sponsoring

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YOMIURI (Page 4) (Full)
May 18, 2007

The Association to Consider a Diplomatic Card against North Korea, a
group of like-minded lawmakers, including House of Councillors
member Ichita Yamamoto, of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party
(LDP), yesterday met at the party's headquarters and decided to send
every member of the US Congress a letter urging that North Korea not
be removed from the list of states that sponsor terrorism. The
objective is to ask the Congress to pressure the US government on
the same. The group will collect signatures in the party and send a
letter with signatures.

12) Foreign Minister Aso to publish new book "Extraordinary Japan":
What is his next target?

MAINICHI (Page 5) (Full)
May 18, 2007

Foreign Minister Taro Aso will shortly publish a book titled
"Extraordinary Japan" from Shincho Shinsho. The book will be a
fleshed-out version of his manifesto released when he ran in the
Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) presidential election last year.
Though Aso is now devoting himself to support Prime Minister Abe, he
has not concealed his aspiration to make a bid for Prime Minister
Abe's job, titling his own book with one as evocative as the prime
minister's book "Toward a Beautiful Country" (published by Bunshun

As the concept for the book, Aso took as the base the words of his
grandfather Shigeru Yoshida, a former prime minister, "Japanese have
extraordinary energy." In the book, he calls for taking a second
look at Japan's fundamental strengths, using such paradoxical
phrases as "praising the aging society" and "being a NEET (not in
education, employment or training) is not so bad." The book also
includes the "Aso doctrine," which proposes strengthening a network
with Asian neighbors, and the "arc of freedom and prosperity"
initiative, in which he urges support to newly emerging democratic
countries in East Europe and other regions.

Iijima also to publish memoir

Isao Iijiuma, secretary to former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi,
will also publish a memoir titled "Koizumi Diplomacy Factual Record"
(published by Nikkei Publishing Inc.) on May 18, his second book
since he resigned. The book introduces many undisclosed episodes
from Summits.

13) Former secretary to former Prime Minister Koizumi to publish
book "Koizumi Diplomacy Fact Record" revealing inside stories about
his foreign trips

YOMIURI (Page 4) (Full)
May 18, 2007

Isao Iijima, who served as private secretary to former Prime
Minister Koizumi, will today come out with a book, "Koizumi
Diplomacy Fact Record," from Nikkei Publishing Inc. The book focuses
on Koizumi's 51 foreign trips covering 49 countries during his five
and half years in office.

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Referring to Koizumi's first visit to North Korea in September 2002,
the book notes that information on whereabouts of those abducted by
North Korea was provided in the form of data given to Japan Red
Cross Society by North Korea Red Cross Society and that the
descriptions in the data had many unnatural points. The information
gave everyone a shock for stating that eight of the abductees are
dead. Iijima suspects that the North Korean side might have prepared
the information without assuming that it would be handed to the
Japanese prime minister and his staff. The book also describes that
when Iijima shook hands with General Secretary Kim Jong Il, he felt
that the other's hand was sandpapery.

Concerning the North Korea issue, Iijima is concerned about the
present Abe administration's pressure policy, noting in the book:
"Abduction is a loathsome crime. The full picture must be brought
into light. However, I wonder whether the present situation is
really desirable for our country. We are perhaps at a juncture where
we must reconsider what relations we want to have with North

14) "Comfort women" hired "under contract," US Army's wartime report

SANKEI (Page 3) (Abridged)
May 18, 2007

Yoshihisa Komori, Washington

The US Army during the war issued a report describing the results of
their survey of "comfort women." What was written in the report is
completely different from some Americans' current criticism that
"those women were systematically recruited by the Japanese

The report was compiled by a US Army's war intelligence office's
psychological warfare team and was included in an interrogation
report dated November of that year formed by the US military's
"Southeast Asia Translation and Interrogation Center. This report
was declassified in 1973 and since then it has been known to some
Japanese and American researchers.

According to the report, a 41-year-old Japanese man at the time
operating a brothel in a northern area of Burma and 20 Korean women
who had been recruited in return for cash in Seoul and worked as
prostitutes for Japanese officers and soldiers were taken prisoners
by the US military. Reportedly, the report was compiled mainly based
on the interrogation of that man. The report said that "all 'comfort
women' were hired under the following employment conditions,"
indicating that those women in principle signed a commercial-basis
employment contract.

The report described the employment conditions this way:

"Every comfort woman received 50% of her gross sale and did not pay
transportation, food, and medical fees. Transportation and medical
expenses were provided by the military, and food was provided by the
owners of brothels, who bought food in support of the military";

"The owners of brothels sold clothes, daily necessities, and luxury
goods at outrageous prices to comfort women and earned profits";

"When comfort women paid back the money paid to her family with

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interest, they were supposed to be returned to Korea free of charge
and to be set free. But because of the war situation, none of the
women in this group was allowed to return to their home country";

"In the brothel run by this Japanese man, the largest sale of one
comfort woman for two months reached 1,500 yen, while the minimum
sale was 300 or so yen. Every comfort woman had to pay at least 150
yen per month to the owner."

The report thus specified the employment status of "comfort women"
and the "employment conditions," and it also mentioned that there
was a system for "comfort women" to be freed if they paid back a
certain amount of their debts, thereby giving proof that US military
authorities at the time had a different view from the current one
that claims "the military forcible recruited" or engaged in "sexual

15) Lawmaker Ishii pursues Ministry of Education for adopting Japan
Youth Council produced DVD on Yasukuni for classroom use

AKAHATA (Page 1) (Excerpts)
May 18, 2007

It was revealed yesterday that the Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports and S&T's "New Education System Development Program," a
contracted study project, has adopted an animated DVD for use in
classrooms all over Japan that glorifies and takes a positive view
of Japan's aggressive war with such statements as "a war for the
defense of Japan and to liberate Asia." Japanese Communist Party
lawmaker Ikuko Ishii brought up the issue in the Lower House Special
Committee on Reinvigorating Education.

Ishii charged: "The DVD violates the Murayama Statement of 1995, in
which Japan stated its regret and apologized for the past war. The
contract should be cancelled and the showing of the film should be

The classroom material in question is a DVD titled "Pride" produced
by the Japan Youth Council (JYC). The JYC has been widely
advertising that the DVD is approved by the ministry and has been
urging schools all over the country to use it in classes. Already,
93 schools across the country plan to use it. The contents concerns
a youth killed in the war reappearing today and guiding a young
schoolgirl to Yasukuni Shrine. World War II is referred to as "the
Greater East Asian War," and teaches children the war was "to
protect our own country that we love and for self-defense."
Regarding Japan's colonies, the only mention is that "roads were
built, and schools were set up." There is no mention of the history
of aggression that led to colonization.

Pursued by Ishii, Prime Minister Abe answered that he had not yet
seen the film.

16) JCP criticizes DPJ at 4th Central Committee Plenum out of sense
of crisis toward two-party structure

SANKEI (Page 5) (Excerpts)
May 18, 2007

The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Chair Kazuo Shii in a report
submitted to the presidium of the 4th Central Committee Plenum
criticized the Democratic Party of Japan (DDJ or Minshuto) as vying

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with the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) politics over structural
reforms that would create a cutthroat society and over
constitutional revision. He also noted, "The DPJ's basic policy
increasingly resembles the LDP's, offering life-support help to the

Shii is heightening his criticism of the DPJ because he is alarmed
about the prospect that if the confrontation between the two major
parties - the LDP and the DPJ - alone draws attention, the JCP will
be submerged.

The JCP in the Upper House election three years ago lost seats up
for election, dropping from 15 to 4. Analyzing the cause, the party
determined that votes opposing the LDP went to the DPJ, based on a
pattern of confrontation between the LDP and the DPJ.

The JCP is concerned about this trend, with Shii noting that an
election campaign asking voters which to choose - the LDP or the DPJ
-- is a major anti-communist move to block the party's advance.
Opposition parties are expected to increasingly display their
independent moves, which could have an impact on the joint struggle
that opposition parties have formed against the ruling camp in the
final stage of the Diet session.

17) Minshuto in quandary over response to ruling parties' bill
amending Political Funds Control Law

ASAHI (Page 4) (Full)
May 18, 2007

The Democratic party of Japan (Minshuto) held an executive meeting
of the Political Reform Promotion Headquarters, headed by former
party President Katsuya Okada, yesterday to discuss how the party
should respond to the bill amending the Political Funds Control Law
drawn up by the ruling parties in response to a series of office
expenses scandals. In Minshuto, many members say the ruling camp's
bill is full of loopholes, but some are worried that if they oppose
the bill, they might be criticized as "negative about political
reform." Minshuto is likely to be pressed hard to determine which
stance it should take.

The ruling parties' bill requires only political funds control
organizations to attach receipts for expenditures of more than
50,000 yen. In the executive meeting, the participants decided to
pursue the ruling camp on this point, claiming, "Politicians could
use other political parties to avoid the requirement." Minshuto's
draft bill proposes all political parties be mandated to attach
receipts for expenditures of more than 10,000 yen.

The ruling camp sees as a problem President Ozawa's acquirement of
real estate with office expenses. Given this, discussion was not
conducted on the item prohibiting property holding by political
funds control organizations.

A senior Minshuto official said, "If we raise opposition, the other
side might argue back that we oppose it because of Ozawa's real
estate problem." Some members suggest that the ban should be applied
to all political groups, but many are still cautious, one saying,
"It will become impossible for political parties to possess land and

Okada is strongly opposed to the ruling parties' bill. But some

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members suggest the party should grope for ways to find common
ground with the ruling camp, as Secretary General Yukio Hatoyama
said, "Killing the bill is the worst case." Such voices stem from
concern that the ruling parties might blast Minshuto for scrapping
the bill.

One participant in the executive meeting said: "Let's have the bill
enacted, since the ruling parties do not in their heart want to
revise the law." Minshuto is pursuing the office-expense scandal
involving Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Matsuoka in
the Diet session. A senior member remarked: "If the bill becomes
law, we will be able to press Matsuoka to disclose the details based
on the law." The main opposition party is now having a hard time to
make up its response to the ruling parties' bill.

18) 2007 Upper House election: Regional political parties actively
working to expand power by joining hands with opposition parties

MAINICHI (Page 5) (Excerpts)
May 18, 2007

With an eye on the July House of Councillors election, the New Party
Daichi in Hokkaido and the party Sozo in Okinawa are engaging in
vigorous activities. The regional parties were established by House
of Representatives members formerly belonging to the ruling Liberal
Democratic Party (LDP). However, the New Party Daichi aims to win
two Upper House seats along with the main opposition party Minshuto
(Democratic Party of Japan), while Sozo will file its candidates in
the proportional representation segment by forming a parliamentary
league with the People's New Party. As its stands, the two minor
parties are trying to expand their strengths by joining hands with
other opposition parties.

The New Party Daichi headed by Lower House member Muneo Suzuki
(elected from the proportional representation Hokkaido block) has
fielded its deputy head Kaori Tahara in the Hokkaido district. The
34-year-old Tahara, who hails from the Ainu ethnic group, stated on
May 10 in a general meeting for the setting up of her support group,
"I would like to focus on voices from the socially vulnerable."

Incumbent LDP and Minshuto lawmakers will run in electoral districts
in which two seats are up for reelection. In order to secure
Minshuto's recommendation, the New Party Daichi decided to sponsor
Tahara but not officially recognize her. So Tahara will run in the
race as an independent candidate recommended by the main opposition
party, aiming to win a seat now occupied by an LDP member. All the
more because the New Party Daichi gave full support for the Minshuto
candidate in the Hokkaido gubernatorial election in April, a senior
Minshuto member said, "We want to give support that we do for an
official candidate to her." Therefore, the largest opposition party
will strengthen cooperation with the New Party Daichi to fight
against the ruling LDP and New Komeito.

19) MHLW minister raps justice minister's proposal on training for

ASAHI (Page 4) (Full)
May 18, 2007

Justice Minister Nagase proposed creating a new system to accept
unskilled workers from foreign countries to replace the current
system. In response, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry

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(MHLW) Minister Yanagisawa indicated a critical stance, remarking:
"Extremely cautious studies are necessary."

Citing such negative effects as impediments to job opportunities for
young people and women, Yanagisawa said: "It is important to create
an environment for all people, including young persons, women,
elderly people, to be able to display their incentive and ability as
part of efforts to offer job opportunities to many people."

20) Three education bills certain to pass Diet, with Lower House set
to approve them today

ASAHI (Page 1) (Excerpts)
May 18, 2007

In a meeting yesterday of the Education Rebuilding Special Committee
of the House of Representatives, a set of three education reform
bills were approved by a majority from the Liberal Democratic Party
and the Minshuto. The bills, which the government places top
priority on the bills in the current Diet session, are set to clear
the Lower House today before being set to the House of Councillors.
It is now certain that the bills will be enacted in the ongoing
session, with more than one month left until the closing day of the
session on June 23. As the prime minister has indicated his
willingness to put forth the passage of the three education bills as
his administration's achievement in the campaign for the July Upper
House election, education reform is expected to be a big issue of
the campaign.

(Key points) in the three education reform bills

(Bill amending the Local Education Administration Law)
7 Give authority to the education minister to order education boards
to protect students when such protection is judged to be urgently
7 Allow the education minister to order education boards to improve
the situation, based on the Local Government Law, if students' right
to receive education apparently is being infringed on.
7 Authorize governors, when they judge it necessary, to ask
education boards for their advice or assistance on private schools.

(Bill amending the School Education Law)
7 Set a goal for compulsory education.
7 Allow installing a vice president, a chief teacher, and an

(Bill amending the Teacher's License Law)
7 Require teachers to renew their licenses every 10 years after
receiving a course. Revoke the license of a teacher discharged
without honor.
7 Require teachers whose guidance is judged improper to take
training for up to one year. Take some measures, such as dismissal
from school, if they are judged lacking the competence required of a
teacher when the training is over.


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