The secretaries general of the ruling and opposition parties appeared live on NHK’s Sunday morning talk show “Nichiyo Toron” to discuss major topics for the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Sept. 26, such as the FY2016 supplementary budget and the GOJ legislation to ratify the TPP. Ruling party representatives underscored the importance of passing the TPP bills this year, with the LDP’s Nikai saying: “Up until now, Japan has expressed support for whatever the U.S. thinks is right. But the time has come for Japan to take the lead instead…. We will urge the GOJ to fully disclose information [on the TPP negotiation process] so as to ensure that the legislation can be approved during this Diet term.” Opposition officials, however, dismissed the need to ratify the regional free trade pact quickly. DP Secretary General Noda said: “We cannot endorse the TPP accord because Japan failed to win what should have been won and protect what should have been protected. The U.S. will not ratify it anytime soon, as the two U.S. presidential candidates and House Speaker Ryan are negative about it. Why does Japan have to be in a hurry?” The JCP’s Koike stressed that the opposition bloc is firmly united in rejecting the TPP legislation on account of “gross negligence” on the part of the GOJ in disclosing relevant information.