Forwarded from John Manning

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Tue Jun 20 13:12:47 MDT 2000

With four days to go, the intensity of the election struggle can be
judged from Tetsuzo Fuwa'a analysis and the100 million scurrilous anonymous
leaflets distributed by the Right.  The important thing is not just that
fact, but that the ruling parties are forced to go underground and use
illegal methjods, not being able to answer in debate.  Demonizing does have
an effect, it draws on the world apitalist campaign and may even win this
election for the monopolies.  The excellent Boston Globe article
transmitted yesterday told of the man who had to get drunk to tell his
parents he had decided to vote communist. Kenji Miyamoto, the retired
president told earlier of the woman who told him that when she came to
write "communist" on the ballot (evidently in Japan the voter must write
the party name) her hand shook so she could hardly control it.

Whatever the result, the JCP will emerge from the election stronger than
ever because it is devoted to the people, proposes real solutions for real
issues, and learns cintinuially from the experiences of struggle.

U.S. activists would profit by following the criticisms and analyses by the
Japanese friends of their own work, all of which is made available, not
only to the Japanese people, but internationally, in English.
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JPS 06-059
Real issues emerging during campaigning: Fuwa

    TOKYO JUN 20 JPS -- Six days before the Lower House general election,
Japanese Communist Party Chair Tetsuzo Fuwa analyzed the campaign issues
debated between the JCP and other parties. At a JCP Standing Presidium
meeting on June 19, Fuwa said real issues are emerging and made the
following five points:

    (1) The ruling parties' plan for increasing the consumption tax rate
from the present 5 percent has become apparent. Komei Party leader Takenori
Kanzaki in a TV debate said that a consumption tax rate is inevitable.
Liberal Democratic Party and Komei Party candidates in the Kansai district
are in favor of a 7 or 8 percent consumption tax rate according to a poll.

    (2) The JCP is the only party that is clearly proposing steps to
increase personal consumption to boost the economy, which is widely
supported. A journalist from Germany cited Fuwa as the only party leader
who referred to the unemployed people, and pointed out that other leaders
have no sense of solidarity with the working people.

    In Europe in the last 20 years of the 20th century, "social solidarity"
has been the key word. In Japan the key word was "the law of the jungle,"
and this has helped to make the anomaly in Japan more serious.

    (3) It has become impossible to maintain the national fiscal structure
in which an enormous sum of 50 trillion yen (500 billion dollars) is spent
not for social services but for wasteful public works projects. This
spending practice has become a big weight to drag the economy down. Prime
Minister Yoshiro Mori, however, called for even more public works projects,
even with a supplementary budget. The JCP proposal for a change in
budgetary priorities is increasingly accepted by voters as realistic and

    (4) The ongoing fierce anti-communist attacks implies that the ruling
parties are unable to show any solution to the present no-way-out
situation. The JCP is the only party that has policies for a Japan in the
21st century.

    (5) The expectation of Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General
Nonaka and the Komei Party that voters would be confused by an argument
about "choosing a framework of government" has been failing. The JCP made
its position clear that all parties should compete for popular support for
their policies. Only when opposition parties get a majority as a result of
the election, can such a framework be candidly discussed between opposition
parties.  (end item)

JPS 06-060
More workers look to JCP as safeguard against restructuring

    TOKYO JUN 20 JPS -- The political wind is changing in the workplace. In
the Lower House general election the Japanese Communist Party is attracting
workers' attentions because the JCP has policies of protecting workers from
sweeping corporate restructuring in large manufacturers.

     "It's time to change politic to relieve workers of their anxieties
about their own future and lives."

    This JCP call has caught the hearts of workers at the  Murayama Plant
Nissan Motor Corp. in the western suburbs of Tokyo, one of the five Nissan
plants to be closed under the company's "Revitalization Plan," which was
announced eight months ago.

    Nissan Murayama plant workers are worried about their future life
because they will have to be transferred to other Nissan plants, most of
which are in far away cities.

   JCP supporters' association members in the plant are making phone calls
for dialogues on the largest-ever scale.  Their message to workers is:
"Change politics and workers who are forced to make a painful choice,
comply with the company's transfer order or quit can have some hope."

    It's a good surprise to see a change certainly taking place in the way
workers respond to the JCP's appeal.   JCP Association members hear workers
over the phone say, "OK. I will vote for the Communist Party.  A worker
said, "I will talks to my wife and decide.  The Communist Party is of
course an option."

    "This is a sea change," says an association member.   "In the last
election they wouldn't even respond to our call because they were under the
company union's tight control."

    In Toyota Motors,  JCP members are calling for zero tolerance for
overtime work.
Their slogan: "Let's impose rules on capitalist Japan."

    Toyota is known internationally for its notorious "just-in-time"
which has become synonymous with long-hour, low wage labor.  The JCP
candidate for the House of Representatives in the 11th constituency in
Aichi Prefecture is the chair of the JCP Toyota Motor  Committee.  He was a
worker of one of Toyota's subcontracting companies.  He is calling on
Toyota workers to vote for the JCP and eliminate unpaid overtime.

    "Yes, that's right.  It is necessary for the government to regulate
unpaid overtime by law," a Toyota plant's team leader said.

    A  Toyota middle manager who read a JCP pamphlet "JCP Proposal for a
Japan" said to a JCP member, "I will tell my colleagues to read this
because I want JCP policy for job security to be realized.

    A change is also taking place among metal workers.

    Additional 80 workers have joined a JCP supporters group in one of the
nations' major metal manufacturing companies. They are willing to pitch in
folding and distributing fliers and even in collecting new votes for the
JCP.  (end item)

JPS 06-061
JCP: Stop slanderous publicity

    TOKYO JUN 20 JPS -- In a move to stop the slanderous anti-communist
flyers now being distributed throughout the country, the Japanese Communist
Party on June 19 handed an open letter to the ruling Liberal Democratic
Party, the Komei Party, and Komei's religious body Soka Gakkai.

    JCP Secretariat Head Kazuo Shii at a news conference in the Diet
Building said that as far as the JCP knows, over 40 kinds of flyers have
been produced and more than 100 million copies have been distributed

    Judging from timing, the flyers' contents, and the distribution scale,
the JCP cannot but suspect that the slanderous propaganda against the JCP
is being conducted under the control of the ruling parties, Shii said.

    If such illegal conspiratorial publicity operations are allowed in the
election campaign, it will undermine democracy, and if the ruling parties
are involved in such an illegal act, they will have to give up the power or
dealing with democratic politics.

    The open letter called on the ruling coalition, including Soka Gakkai,
to immediately stop the false propaganda and explain where and who is
responsible for slanderous anti-communist flyers.

    On inquiry, the Ministry of Home Affairs on June 19 answered that the
series of libeling flyers may violate the election law and the case will be
sent to the police.  (end item)

JPS 06-062
Ryuhei Kawada visits JCP

    TOKYO JUN 20 JPS -- Ryuhei Kawada, an HIV carrier and the plaintiff in
the on-going lawsuit over HIV contaminated blood product, visited the
Japanese Communist Party Head office in Tokyo on June 19.   He was received
by JCP Secretariat Head Kazuo Shii.  JCP Chair Tetsuzo Fuwa also joined
their conversation.

     Kawada, 24 year-old student now and studying in Germany, said,  "In
Germany I am very ashamed of Japan's present situation, and in particular
the prime minister. I find many Japanese young people losing interest  in
politics and hope for the future.  They are the ones who have to shoulder
future Japan.  So, I want to work more actively to change this situation."
He also expressed his hope for the JCP to exert great power to end the rule
of the coalition government of the Liberal Democratic Party, the Komei
Party, and the Conservative Party.

    Shii said that the JCP will do its utmost to help uncover the truth
about the scandal which is still hidden and establish permanent measures to
save the victims.  (end item)


Louis Proyect

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