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Communist Party remains subject to police surveillance: gov't statement

The government on March 22 approved a statement that the National Police Agency has not changed its view on the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) as a group with policies of "violent revolution."

    The statement came as a written reply to Takako Suzuki, independent House of Representatives lawmaker who left the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan after opposing the party's move to cooperate with the JCP in the House of Councillors election scheduled this summer.

    The approved reply stated that the JCP is still subject to surveillance under the Subversive Activities Prevention Act and that the party "is suspected to have carried out terroristic subversive activity in Japan" since 1945 when the party became legal in the country.

    Yoshiki Yamashita, head of the JCP's central committee secretariat, strongly protested against the government's statement at a news conference, saying, "On what grounds do authorities continue unjustified investigation of a political party?"

    A senior JCP official said, "It is obvious that the statement is part of attempts to divide up the united front (that the opposition parties are seeking to form)."

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