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EDITORIAL: An uninspiring start as Kishida comes under opposition glare

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Proposing policies is an important function of opposition parties. But this must never supplant their primary role, which is to keep the administration in check.

The administration, on the other hand, has a duty to fully live up to its accountability and have the flexibility to acknowledge alternative proposals put forward by opposition parties.

Both the ruling and opposition camps share the heavy responsibility of rebuilding the Diet, dubbed “the citadel of discourse."

In response to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s policy speech, representatives of opposition parties began the process of peppering him with questions in the Lower House on Dec. 8.

The session was led off by Kenta Izumi and Chinami Nishimura, respectively the leader and secretary-general of the newly-rejuvenated Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.

Under the new brand image of a “policy-making party,” Izumi vowed that the CDP will resolve various pending issues by utilizing “public assistance,” seeking “decentralization/ diffusion” and respecting “freedom and diversity.”........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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