Editorial: Credibility of Japan’s regime president in question amid inappropriate remarks and behavior

Amid a whirlwind of allegations, the Japanese Diet spokesman showed no movement to provide an explanation. Such actions lack the responsibility befitting the head of a nation’s legislature.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hiroyuki Hosoda, was questioned over allegations of sexual harassment in the Diet. While a lawmaker from the main opposition Democratic Constitutional Party of Japan demanded that an investigation be launched to examine the facts, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida simply said: “The speaker will take a appropriate decision”, and made no effort to take matters into account. his own hands.

The charges surfaced after a report by the weekly Shukan Bunshun. The published article included statements from several female journalists claiming they had been invited to Hosoda’s Tokyo apartment late at night, among other allegations. He also reported that the lower house speaker touched the body of a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) employee, citing someone affiliated with the party.

Hosoda denied the allegations, saying they were “baseless”, and issued only a brief comment through his office, indicating his intention “to consider action, including legal action.” “. When a lawmaker from an opposition party demanded an explanation before the Diet, she apparently made a similar request.

If Hosoda is to deny the allegations, it’s only natural he would explain the matter at a press conference.

Since his appointment as a speaker last fall, he has repeatedly commented or acted in a way that caused others to wonder if he qualified as a Diet speaker.

In Japan, steps have been taken to rezone single-seat constituencies in the House of Representatives and increase the number of seats by a total of 10 in five prefectures, including Tokyo and Aichi, and cut one seat each in 10 other prefectures, including Miyagi. and Fukushima. Hosoda expressed a negative view of the proposal, which aims to address the problem of disparate vote weights in elections, saying, “Regional cuts and urban increases are not everything. He repeated the same rhetoric afterwards.

The rule to rectify the disparity in vote value was led by the LDP and decided through legal review. Hosoda was among the members who sponsored the bill. His comment which appears to be an attempt to overturn the decision of the legislator himself is utter nonsense.

In May, he attempted to justify increasing the number of Diet lawmakers by saying, “Slightly increasing the number of Diet members with a monthly net salary of less than 1 million yen (about $7,600) should not not be punished. “This mindset is a far cry from that of members of the general public who are suffering from rising prices in Japan.

As long as the qualities of the speaker, who presides over the Diet’s deliberations, are in doubt, confidence in the country’s “supreme organ of state power” is likely to waver.

Although he disassociated himself from a political faction he previously led after his appointment, the LDP should be held responsible for endorsing him as president.

The LDP has finalized a governance code that stipulates rigorous enforcement of political ethics and ensuring transparency of political funds. He said the party will strive to create an organizational climate that empowers women, and that the lawmakers charged against them are proactively offering explanations to the public and taking rigid action against them as a party.

Prime Minister Kishida spoke about party reform as part of his campaign pledge during the LDP leadership race last year. As leader of the ruling party, he must urge Hosoda to give a clear explanation of what happened.

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