Taku Etō

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Taku Etō (江藤 拓?, Etō Taku, born July 1, 1960) is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).

Career[edit]

A native of Kadogawa, Miyazaki and graduate of Seijo University, Eto was elected for the first time in 2003, succeeding his father, a controversial former government minister, Takami Eto.[1]

Taku Eto's profile on the LDP website:[2]

  • Secretary to a Diet Member
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries(Fukuda Cabinet)
  • Acting Director, Agriculture and Forestry Division of LDP
  • Director, Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Diet
  • Senior Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of LDP's Shadow Cabinet
  • Senior Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Positions[edit]

Taku Eto's views are consistent with his father's: Takami Eto infuriated Japan's neighbors by defending the 1910 Annexation Treaty which gave the control of Korea to the Empire of Japan, denying the fact that Korea was invaded, campaigning for the revision of textbooks mentioning 'comfort women', the women and girls forced into sexual slavery.,[1] or also denying the existence of the Nanking massacre.[3]

Taku Eto is affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi, which advocates a restoration of monarchy in the archipelago and negates the existence of Japanese war crimes. He was among the 86 MPs invited to the meeting for the 'one million people rally to protect the Imperial tradition' in March 2006,[4] and among the people who signed ‘THE FACTS’, an ad published in the Washington Post on June 14, 2007 in order to protest against United States House of Representatives House Resolution 121, and to deny the existence of sexual slavery for the Imperial military ('Comfort women').[5]

Taku Eto belongs to the following Diet groups, very consistent with Nippon Kaigi's vision:

  • Nippon Kaigi Diet discussion group (日本会議国会議員懇談会 - Nippon kaigi kokkai giin kondankai)
  • Japan Rebirth (創生「日本」- Sosei Nippon)
  • Conference of parlementarians on the Shinto Association of Spiritual Leadership (神道政治連盟国会議員懇談会) - NB: SAS a.k.a. Sinseiren, Shinto Political League, Shinto Seiji Renmei Kokkai Giin Kondankai
  • Diet Celebration League of the 20th Anniversary of His Majesty The Emperor’s Accession to the Throne (天皇陛下御即位二十年奉祝国会議員連盟)
  • Conference of lawmakers to promote value-based diplomacy (価値観外交を推進する議員の会)
  • Conference of young parliamentarians supporting the idea that the Yasukuni Shrine is a true national interest and desire for peace (平和を願い真の国益を考え靖国神社参拝を支持する若手国会議員の会)
  • Conference to consider the true human rights (真の人権擁護を考える懇談会)

Eto also gave the following answers to the questionnaire submitted by Mainichi to parlementarians in 2012:[6]

  • in favor of the revision of the Constitution
  • in favor of right of collective self-defense (revision of Article 9)
  • in favor of reform of the National assembly (unicameral instead of bicameral)
  • no answer for the reactivation of nuclear power plants
  • no answer for the goal of zero nuclear power by 2030s
  • in favor of the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (Okinawa)
  • no answer for the evaluation of the purchase of Senkaku Islands by the Government
  • no answer for a strong attitude versus China
  • against the participation of Japan to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • against a nuclear-armed Japan
  • against the reform of the Imperial Household that would allow women to retain their Imperial status even after marriage

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Japanese ex-minister found dead in Vietnam hotel room" - AFP - Nov 22, 2007 - Accessed Dec 1, 2014
  2. ^ Profile of Eto Taku on LDP website: jimin.jp/english/profile/members/114624.html (retrieved Dec 1, 2014)
  3. ^ "南京虐殺30万人はうそ 江藤氏、講演で発言" - JPN 47 news - 2003/07/12
  4. ^ "皇室の伝統を守ろう!日本武道館・一万名大会" - Nippon Kaigi website - March 7, 2006
  5. ^ [File:The_Facts_about_the_Comfort_Women.jpg]
  6. ^ Mainichi 2012: senkyo.mainichi.jp/46shu/kaihyo_area_meikan.html?mid=A45002001001

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