Natsuo Yamaguchi, chief of the New Komeito Party, reminded ministers on Monday to be circumspect when making remarks. This was made in reference to Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso’s remark regarding the intention to amend the Japanese Constitution. The 73-year old minister has recently caught everyone’s attention when he was quoted as citing the Nazi’s amendment on the Weimar Constitution.
During a meeting of Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito Party executives, Yamaguchi asked “cabinet ministers to be careful about their remarks.” The outspoken and gaffe-prone Aso in his speech last week reminded how “Germany’s Weimar Constitution was changed before anyone knew. It was changed before anyone else noticed.” It may be obvious that Aso was not really implying that they learn something from the Nazis but it was no surprise that he drew international criticism, if not condemnation. He has even caused opposing parties to suggest that he resign from his post. He has since then apologized and retracted his statement, though he will not be resigning anytime soon.
Besides the remarks given by the country’s ministers, Natsuo Yamaguchi also reminded the ruling party to carry out its responsibilities in a way that would win and secure public trust. A humble manner was his suggestion, instead of indulgent observance as the LDP has now secured control both the Upper and Lower Houses of the National Diet.
[via People Daily]