6 February 1930 Inprekorr, x, 14, p. 327, 7 February 1930




[The elections were held on 20 February; the labour candidates, with half a million votes, received five seats; eight had been returned in the 1928 elections.]

The parliamentary elections in Japan are taking place at a time when the economic crisis is growing more serious and the revolutionary wave is rising.
Bourgeoisie and landlords are intent on exploiting the elections and are mobilizing their forces for a fascist and predatory attack, heavier than ever before, on the proletariat and the peasant masses under the banner of rationalization, economy, new taxation, and the fight against the communists.

(. . .)

What the communists have to do therefore is to use the elections:

(1) to expose ruthlessly these predatory fascist plans, to expose the treacherous social-fascist idea that the existing fascist-reformist rule can be reformed by peaceful parliamentary means through bourgeois democracy;

(2) to organize the counter-offensive of the proletariat and peasantry against the bourgeoisie and landlords, under communist party leadership, and prepare the masses for the overthrow of the monarchy (Mikado), the dictatorship of trust capital, and feudal landlordism, and for the confiscation without compensation of all large estates;

(3) to mobilize the masses under the slogan of struggle for a revolutionary workers' and peasants' government based on Soviets, under the slogan of the revolutionary united front from below of workers and peasants;

(4) to fight on the one hand for the communist party against the white terror, and on the other hand against all (right and left) social-fascist and pseudo-communist attempts to liquidate the party and conform to police-fascist 'legality';

(5) to fight for the complete independence of Korea, Formosa, and China;

(6) to fight against the new imperialist slaughter now being prepared and for the defence of the Soviet Union.

(. . .)

The partial demands and slogans to be put forward, which are inseparably connected with the main slogans, are:

1. Annulment of the anti-communist law, and of all laws designed to suppress the working people; immediate amnesty for the arrested Japanese communists and the Korean and Chinese revolutionaries; complete freedom for class organizations of workers and peasants; fight against the militarypolice-fascist suppression of strikes.

(. . .)
2. Comprehensive social insurance (. . .) unemployment pay at the full wage rate at the expense of the capitalists and their State (. . .) sharp reduction in rents and electricity prices for the urban poor, the unemployed to pay nothing for rent or electricity.
3. Seven-hour working day.

(. . .)

Abolition of compulsory arbitration. Higher wages.

(. . .)
5. Immediate withdrawal of Japanese troops from Korea, Formosa, and China.

(. . .)
Publication of the secret documents on imperialist plans, as well as the plans for intervention against the USSR and China.
The communist party, whose united front tactics are to be operated only from below, must not only refrain from any agreement with the reformists and pseudocommunists, but must carry on an irreconcilable struggle against them.

(. . .)

Where there is no possibility of putting up 'legal' candidates, the communist party must nominate political prisoners, and get mass participation in a demonstrative vote for these names.



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