Former Komeito Chairman
The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with simultaneous English interpretation.Description:
Junya Yano, the former head of the Komeito Party, is back in court.
Lastmonth, he filed a lawsuit against the lay Buddhist organizationSokaGakkai and several of its leaders, claiming he has been threatenedwithphysical violence in connection with his work as apoliticalcommentator. The Komeito Party is the forerunner of thecurrent NewKomeito Party, which is the political arm of Soka Gakkai.
Yanopublicized his claims in an article in the May 22 issue of theweeklymagazine Shukan Shincho. One of the defendants has countersuedYano aswell as the publisher, Shinchosha, and the magazine'seditor-in-chieffor libel.
This is Yano's second trip though the legal system inconnectionwith libel claims. In a 2005 Shukan Gendai article he claimedthatthree former New Komeito representatives forced him to handovernotebooks from his days in the Lower House. Last December, indecidingthe resulting libel case, the Tokyo District Court orderedYano, theeditor and the publisher of Shukan Gendai to pay 6.6 millionyen indamages to the three men.
Yano was elected to the LowerHouse in 1967 and wassecretary-general of Komeito until 1986 and thenchairman until 1989.He ended his political career in 1993. At thispress conference, Yanointends to present his side of the currentcontroversy.