(Yomiuri: July 2, 2015 – p. 2)
The secretaries general and Diet affairs committee chairmen of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito held a meeting on July 1 in Tokyo. In the meeting, the senior ruling coalition officials agreed on a policy of putting security-related bills, which are now being deliberated at the House of Representatives special committee on peace and security, to a vote around July 15. The government and ruling parties had initially planned to take a vote on the legislation after holding question-and-answer sessions in local cities on July 6 and a central hearing on July 10. However, the ruling parties have decided to put the legislation to a vote in mid-July because there is a possibility that the opposition Japan Innovation Party will submit a counterproposal to the Diet and because opposition parties are intensifying their opposition due to the anti-media remarks by LDP lawmakers.