The ordinary Diet session ended on Wednesday, putting off deliberations on legislation related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) until an extraordinary session in the fall.
Out of the 56 bills submitted by the government, 50 of them passed for an 89% enactment rate. The bills enacted included legislation requiring certain criminal investigations to be recorded. Lawmaker-initiated bills on Lower House election reform and anti-discrimination were also enacted. The TPP-related bills became stalled after the emergence of graft allegations and the ensuing resignation of former TPP Minister Akira Amari. The Kumamoto earthquake also caused a delay in the Diet schedule, forcing the ruling coalition to give up hope in mid-April of enacting the TPP legislation during the current session.
During the session, various ministers and members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) caused problems by misspeaking in public. The opposition parties submitted 18 counterproposals including a bill to abolish the security legislation and a bill to increase wages for healthcare workers, only to be left untouched after the ruling parties refused to debate over them.
An extraordinary session to confirm Diet seats after the election is scheduled to take place from August 1 to August 4. Chairman of LDP Diet Affairs Committee Tsutomu Sato is requesting the convocation of an extraordinary session in September to discuss bills related to the TPP, the tax hike postponement, and a supplementary budget for the current fiscal year. (Abridged)