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Abe getting irritated during Diet debates

  • 2016-01-14 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: January 14, 2016 – p. 4)

 

 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is growing increasingly irritated when dealing with opposition members in Diet debate. Some members of the ruling parties are voicing concern that he may blunder if he becomes too emotional and are calling on him to remain calm, as the Diet is scheduled to begin shortly deliberations on fiscal 2016 budget and other key bills.

 

 Abe gets irritated especially when he is fielding questions from Democratic Party of Japan members. The leading opposition party is stepping up its confrontational attitude toward the prime minister due to the upcoming House of Councillors election. On the other hand, he puts on kid gloves when responding to Initiative from Osaka (Osaka Ishin no Kai), which is expected to join hands with the ruling parties on constitutional amendment.

 

 The ruling parties and those close to Abe understand that the DPJ’s provocations irritate him. But last year he was forced to apologize for jeering a DPJ member when the security legislation was being deliberated in the House of Representatives. The DPJ may step up efforts to mount an attack against Abe down the road. (Abridged)

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