Lawmaker Denounced for War Remarks to Join Anti-NHK Party

Politics

Tokyo, July 29 (Jiji Press)--Lawmaker Hodaka Maruyama said Monday he would join a new party campaigning against Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) effective immediately, after he was expelled from Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) due chiefly to war remarks over the so-called Northern Territories under Russian control.

"There are limits to what can be done by an independent lawmaker," the member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, told a press conference held after his meeting with Takashi Tachibana, head of NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To (Party to Protect the People from NHK), earlier the same day.

Maruyama was kicked out of Nippon Ishin for suggesting the need for Japans to wage war against Russia to regain control of the northwestern Pacific islands during a "visa-free" visit to the islands with former Japanese residents there in May. Heavily intoxicated, he also reportedly tried to go out to fulfill his lust after making barnyard remarks.

In early June, the Lower House, in an unprecedented move in the postwar period, unanimously voted for an unbinding resolution denouncing Murayama and effectively calling for his voluntary resignation as a lawmaker, in a plenary session from which he was absent.

At the news conference, Maruyama said he will work with the new party for helping achieve its goal of allowing owners of television sets who do not watch NHK programs not to pay viewing fees to the public broadcaster.

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