The extraordinary Diet session, which convened on Sept. 26, ended on Dec. 17. During the 83 days, the Liberal Democratic Party took advantage of its supremacy in the two chambers to railroad the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, its related legislation as well as a bill on the pension system reform. When it comes to a casino bill, the LDP extended the session again to ensure the enactment.
During the latest Diet session, the government presented 19 bills, of which 18 were enacted. The enactment rate stood at 94.7%, which is the highest rate set in an autumn extraordinary Diet session since the LDP returned to power in 2012.
The government and the ruling parties gave top priority to the ratification of the TPP and enactment of its related bills in the autumn session. They aimed to pass these bills by Nov. 8, but the passage was pushed back to Nov. 10 due to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yuji Yamamoto’s two gaffes. This delayed deliberations on the pension system reform bill as well. The government and the ruling parties extended the Diet session till Dec. 14 and started deliberations on the casino ban removal bill. But on Dec. 14, the opposition parties lodged a protest by submitting a non-confidence motion against the Cabinet. The LDP extended the session again by three days to enact the casino bill.