(Sankei: April 28, 2015 – p. 5)
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito held a meeting of the ruling parties’ panel on security legislation at the Diet on April 27. After the government presented its position, which included explanations on the security legislations that will enable the exercise of the right to collective self-defense, the two parties effectively reached an agreement on the main provisions in these laws. The panel will formally approve all the proposed provisions on May 11, after which the government will pass a cabinet decision on them, submitting the legal proposals to the Diet as soon as May 14.
It is unusual for the government to present its position before submitting bills to the Diet. This was in consideration of Komeito’s wish to “finalize the details.”
LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura stressed at a news conference held after the meeting that in light of the bi-party agreement, he would like the government to work on drafting the full text of the bills.
Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi told a news conference that “Komeito played an important role in incorporating certain restrictions.”