Abe Visits Family Graves To 'report' On Progress Of Security Legislation

Abe visits family graves to 'report' on progress of security legislationPrime Minister Shinzo Abe paid his respects at the graves of his father and grandfather to "update" their spirits on highly unpopular national security legislation that was enacted a few days ago.
“I told them that the legal infrastructure to protect people’s lives and allow them to live in peace has been set up,” Abe told reporters after visiting Fuji Cemetery in Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Sept. 22.

“In front of their graves, I vowed to make every effort to create a strong economy,” Abe added.

Abe’s grandfather, Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, helped steer revisions to the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty that triggered huge protests, much like those that accompanied the new security legislation that will radically change the overseas role of Japan's Self-Defense Forces.

Abe is known to revere his grandfather, who surely would have approved of the new legislation. Abe’s father, Shintaro Abe, served as foreign minister.

With communing with the spirits of the two men, Abe said he told them that Sept. 21 marked 1,000 days since his second administration was established.

On Sept. 22, Abe also visited the homes in Tokyo of the late Hisahiko Okazaki, a former Japanese ambassador to Thailand, and the late Ichiro Komatsu, who served as director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau.

The two helped the Abe Cabinet make the momentous decision in July 2014 to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution to lift the nation’s self-imposed ban on the exercise of the right to collective self-defense.