Defense Chief Inada Draws Fire over SDF Remarks During LDP Campaign (News)
Tokyo, June 28 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Defense Minister Inada Tomomi has come under fire following her controversial reference to the Self-Defense Forces during the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's campaign for the upcoming Tokyo metropolitan assembly election.
At a campaign event for an LDP candidate in Itabashi on Tuesday, Inada said, "On behalf of the Defense Ministry, the SDF and the LDP, and as defense minister, I ask for your support (for the candidate)."
The event took place near the Ground SDF's Camp Nerima.
In the wake of the remarks, opposition parties criticized Inada for using the SDF for political purposes.
Inada's remarks may have apparently violated the SDF law, which restricts political activities by Defense Ministry officials and SDF members, barring them from backing candidates in local assembly elections.
Opposition DP Seeks Removal of Defense Chief Inada
Tokyo, June 28 (Jiji Press)—The leader of Japan's main opposition Democratic Party on Wednesday demanded the removal of Inada Tomomi from her post as defense minister if she refuses to resign over her controversial remarks about the Self-Defense Forces.
"She has no choice but to step down voluntarily or to be removed by Prime Minister
Abe Shinzō," DP leader Renhō told reporters.
At a campaign event on Tuesday for a ruling Liberal Democratic Party candidate in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election, Inada said, "On behalf of the Defense Ministry, the SDF and the LDP, and as defense minister, I ask for your support (for the candidate)."
Later on Tuesday, Inada said the remarks were misleading and that she wanted to retract them.
"The remarks violate Article 15 of the constitution, the public offices election law and the SDF law," Renhō said, claiming that what Inada said contradicts laws that stipulate the political neutrality of civil servants and SDF members.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]