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活動報告(6/26)

第25回参議院通常選挙に向けて、自民党選挙対策本部の会議に参加しました。

活動報告(6/26)

北朝鮮による拉致問題等に関する特別委員会を開催しました。

活動報告(6/14)

今回は大阪で開催された「北東アジア経済フォーラム」でスピーチしました。

このフォーラムは、同志のJBIC前田総裁がハワイ大学教授だったリー・ジェイ・チヨウさんとともに20年以上続けているものです。数年前、長春大学で開催された際は、私も基調講演を行いました。昨年、日本の東北大学で開催された際は二階幹事長に基調講演を行って頂きました。

私が「北東アジア開発銀行」を提唱している考え方はここから来ています。

私のスピーチの原稿、以下のとおりです。

[Update on Current Situation in Japan as G20 Host and Japanese Perspective]

Thank you very much for the invitation to speak at this Osaka meeting. I very much respect the great work done by the Northeast Asia Economic Forum led by Professor Lee-Jay Cho, and also the great contribution by Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP).

Experts observe almost unanimously that the post-war world order, which has been called Pax American, is fading away. The American President is loudly proclaiming the “America First” slogan. America is busy taking care of itself.

Not only that, America seems to distance itself from the multinational international systems, such as NATO, the Paris climate accord, UNESCO, TPP, and so on. Pax Americana has already gone into a history.

There is also Brexit.

Is the world really being divided into fragments?

I am not sure whether Prime Minister Abe could reverse this trend during the coming G-20 summit.

To me, however, one thing is clear. Brexit is wrong. There is and will be no viable answer to realize Brexit which can obtain the majority of the British parliament. Whoever succeeds Prime Minister May, he or she will end up in the same misery as Prime Minister May, as long as Brexit remains the precondition. It is simply a wrong option.

My forecast is that Until a strong prime minister eventually appears and decides to concede that Brexit was a wrong choice, and Britain would like to stay in or come back to the EU, the agonizing process will go on without a sensible conclusion and Britain would lose whatever influence she enjoys now. In this sense, there will be no Brexit, I think.

By the same token, if the United States keeps its present course of action, it may suffer a significant loss of influence, which I hope would not be the case.

So, despite the recent trend, or rather, because of this trend, it is meaningful for us to discuss the integration of Northeast Asia and the ways to realize financial cooperation in Northeast Asia and Northeast Asia Bank for Cooperation and Development.

With the American president who says America First, we have to contemplate a new grand strategy to create peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region. I think the emphasis should be on how to connect the countries in the region.

Now please take a look at the handout before you.

TPP11 was effected at the end of last year, 2018. The ASEAN Economic Community was established in 2015. RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) has been under negotiation.

Northeast Asia is the missing link.

With all these combined, TPP11, ASEAN Economic Community, RCEP, and some framework of Northeast Asia, we could envision a picture of a community-like alignment in the Asia Pacific region.

With this vision in mind, I have been studying possibility of framework for Northeast Asian alignment with Mr. Maeda and other experts, who are professors, journalists, businessmen, bureaucrats, for almost a year.

I submitted a policy proposal to Mr. Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary, in March.

A big issue here is North Korea. What to do with it.

Japan and North Korea agreed in 2002 to conduct negotiations for normalizing diplomatic relations. The Japanese Government’s position has been that solving the issues of abduction, nuclear weapons and missiles must come first. And after the normalization talks come to a conclusion, talks will be held about economic cooperation.

Prime Minister Abe’s stance on the issue of North Korea has focused on the issue of abduction, nothing to be negotiated without solving the abduction issue. However, the Prime Minister seems to have slightly shifted his stance in May saying that he would sit at the negotiating table without preconditions.

It may be because of his conversations with President Trump. Prime Minister Abe has been asking President Trump to take up the issue of abduction when he talks with Kim Jong Un, and his tactics seem to be working. In return, President Trump may have asked Prime Minister Abe to take care of the economic cooperation. It is just my educated guess.

Whether or when the talks will be held or not, I am not sure, though.

President Trump wants to achieve good results from his negotiations with Kim Jong Un, because he needs it as a part of his reelection campaigning. When he left his negotiating table in Hanoi, I think the real reason was Michael Cohen’s testimony back in Washington D.C. My guess is that President Trump got so annoyed and irritated by Michael Cohen’s testimony and he couldn’t resist a strong urge to fly back to Washington D.C., rather than staying at the negotiating table.

So we do not have to become pessimistic. I think the talks may be resumed some time not in the very distant future. And both sides, Mr. Trump and Kim Jong Un, want a good result. It is going to be diplomats’ job, not soldiers’.

In this context, our discussions here among experts to discuss financial cooperation in Northeast Asia and establishing Northeast Asia Bank for Cooperation and Development would be of immense value and useful to prepare an institutional framework for Northeast Asia eventually involving North Korea.

From a Japanese perspective, the actual implementation of any economic cooperation must come after the normalization talks are concluded.

When we actually implement economic cooperation to North Korea, one way to do it would be through Northeast Asia Bank. Discussion of establishing Northeast Asia Bank is something we should prepare now.

From a Japanese perspective, there has recently been another big issue, South Korea. The anti-South Korean feeling among Japanese people has become extremely serious. It is shared by amazingly many Japanese.

Unless we solve this awkward situation or at least improve it, any discussion about financial cooperation or establishing a bank in Northeast Asia would be futile and meaningless.

South Korean people may think that they can say anything to Japan. It may have been the case, when South Korea was a younger country, but it has grown up to be a big country. It is expected to act as such.

I hope that this Osaka meeting may contribute to explore the ways to improve the serious deadlock between Japan and South Korea.

Thank you very much and I believe our discussion here will be very fruitful. Thank you.(end)

活動報告(5/29)

本日、交通安全対策特別委員会を開催しました。先日総理に提出した緊急提言も充分に踏まえて作成された「未就学児及び高齢運転者の交通安全緊急対策の概要」(昨日緊急閣僚会議で認められた)に関して、役所から報告を受けるとともに、今後の進め方について議員同士で意見交換を行いました。
特に「高齢者の安全運転を支える対策」として、安全運転サポート車の普及推進として、①自動車減税等(本年10月施行)を周知し、新車への代替を通じた安全運転サポート車の普及促進、②衝突被害軽減ブレーキの国内基準化及び新車を対象とした義務付けについて検討を加速(本年内目途で結論)、③ペダル踏み間違い時加速抑制装置等への性能認定制度の導入について検討を加速(本年内目途で結論)、④高齢者を対象とした限定的な運転免許制度の導入について結論を得る(本年度内)、⑤既販車への後付けの安全運転支援装置の開発促進(速やかに実施)及び性能認定制度の創設(来年度からの実施を検討)等が挙げられています。
かなり迅速な対応を具体的にしようとしている点、高く評価したいと思います。
今後、補助金等についての検討等、予算に関わるものについても後押しします。
党での議論が政府の対応に結びついた形でもあり、政治が国民のニーズを吸い上げ、政府に対応を促すということができたと思います。

活動報告(5/29)

園児の列に車が突っ込んでしまった事故、高齢者の方が突っ込んでしまっての事故、これらをどう防げるのか、自民党の交通安全対策特別委員会というのがあり、私はその事務局長を務めていますので、連休明けから党内で議論を重ねました。

本日、交通安全対策特別委員会・内閣第一部会・国土交通部会で共同して、「道路交通の安全対策に関する緊急提言(※クリックでリンクが開きます)」を安倍総理大臣に申入れしました。

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活動報告(5/28)

自由民主党政調審議会にて。交通安全対策特別委員会の平沢委員長とともに、道路交通の安全対策に関する緊急提言(案)を提出しました。

活動報告(5/27)

交通安全対策特別委員会・内閣第一部会・国土交通部会の合同会議を開催しました。道路交通の安全対策に関する緊急提言(案)を取りまとめるにあたり、議員同士で意見交換を行いました。

活動報告(5/22)

国連防災機関(UNDRR)を支援する議員連盟を行いました。

活動報告(5/17)

北朝鮮による拉致問題等に関する特別委員会を開催しました。