TOKYO – The Democratic Party of Japan has vowed to re-examine all the present government’s spending plans as soon as it wins power with the planned transfer of the U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam on the top of its list. Shadow Vice Defense Minister Yukihisa Fujita told the Journal however that the opposition understands the importance of friendly relations with he United States and the realignment agreement will not be canceled outright.
Japan’s general election is scheduled for Aug. 30 and the opposition is widely expected to beat the Liberal Democratic Party by a wide margin giving it a simple majority in both houses of the parliament here and a mandate the party claims to cancel projects that are too costly for the Japanese taxpayer.
"When we take power we will not simply cancel the agreement with Washington as we have to have a decent relationship with the U.S. on this and other issues so we will be weighing what we can revise " Fujita told the Journal.
(A more extensive story will appear in the August 3 issue of the Journal.)