Photo/IllutrationThe name plate of Lower House member Hodaka Maruyama is placed horizontally on June 6, meaning that he is absent from the chamber’s plenary session. (Takeshi Iwashita)

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The Lower House on June 6 unanimously adopted a resolution urging lawmaker Hodaka Maruyama to resign over his drunken remarks about waging war with Russia and his sexual desires during a visit to a disputed isle.

“We cannot help but judge that he is unqualified to serve as a Diet member,” the resolution said.

Although the resolution was jointly submitted by ruling and opposition parties and thoroughly denounced Maruyama, it is not legally binding.

Maruyama, elected from the Osaka No. 19 constituency, has said he has no intention to resign from the Lower House and will continue his work as an independent.

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) expelled Maruyama on May 14 after word got out about his drunken antics on May 11 on Kunashiri island, one of the four disputed islands off eastern Hokkaido that were seized by Soviet forces at the end of World War II.

Maruyama said that the only way for Japan to take back the four islands was to wage war against Russia.

Maruyama was also quoted as saying, “I want to buy a woman” and “I want to massage a woman’s breasts.”

He was accompanying a delegation that was promoting a visa-free exchange program for Japanese who were forced off the island after the war.

“Maruyama made many inappropriate remarks for a Diet member, including one that ran counter to pacifism,” the resolution said. “He drastically damaged our country’s national interests and extremely denigrated the authority and dignity of the Lower House.”

The resolution then called on Maruyama to make an immediate decision on whether to resign from the Lower House.

After the resolution was submitted to the Lower House on June 5, Isshu Sugawara, a lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said, “Maruyama should seriously consider the fact that the resolution was jointly submitted by ruling and opposition parties, and he should immediately make the decision to resign.”

Six opposition parties initially submitted a resolution that demanded Maruyama’s resignation as a Lower House member. On the other hand, the ruling parties submitted a resolution that only reprimanded him.

However, both the ruling and opposition parties withdrew those resolutions and jointly submitted a new resolution that denounced Maruyama and called for him to decide to resign.