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After drunken war cry, Hodaka Maruyama must resign from Diet

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In Japan, a self-proclaimed pacifist nation, any Diet member who appears to justify war as a solution to territorial disputes simply is not qualified for the job and should resign at once.

This is exactly what we demand of Hodaka Maruyama, a Lower House legislator of Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) who accompanied a group of former residents of the disputed Northern Territories on their recent visa-exempt “homecoming” trip to the island of Kunashiri. Maruyama went as an “adviser” to the group.

At the island’s friendship center on May 11, Maruyama caught the leader of the group off-guard by asking him, “Are you in favor of or opposed to going to war to take back this island?”

The group leader expressed opposition, but Maruyama persisted, practically shouting at him, “Nothing will be accomplished unless we go to........

© The Asahi Shimbun