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Diet to deliberate on 83 bills, treaties from Jan. 20

  • January 19, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

On Jan. 18, the government reported to the Diet that it will submit 83 bills and treaties to the ordinary Diet session, which will be convened on Jan. 20. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda explained the submission of bills and treaties at a directors’ meeting of the Lower House Committee on Rules and Administration. There will be 64 bills presented to the Diet, including revisions to the Income Tax Act that are aimed at expanding the scope of the spousal income tax deduction. A set of 19 treaties and pacts will be submitted for ratification.

 

The Diet will run for 150 days through June 18. Given that a Tokyo assembly election is scheduled to take place this summer, it will be difficult to extend the session significantly. The government aims to enact a budget bill for fiscal 2017 by March above all; then move to deliberate on other key bills from April. The latter half of the session is expected to focus on deliberating on revisions to the Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds and bills concerning the Emperor’s abdication. There are other points of contention between the ruling and opposition parties as well. (Abridged)

 

 

Major bills and treaties to be deliberated in the Diet

(“X” refers to items over which the ruling and opposition parties will be at loggerheads.)

 

People’s livelihoods

X

Revisions to Long-Term Care Insurance Act

To raise out-of-pocket payments by senior citizens to 30% if they earn as much income as people who are still working.

X

Revisions to Labor Standards Act

(carried over from previous session)

To establish a system that determines salaries based on performance instead of working hours.

X

Revisions to Income Tax Act

To raise the upper limit of annual income eligible for spousal income tax deduction.

 

Revisions to Act on the Japan Student Services Organization

To launch a scholarship system.

 

Revisions to Employment Insurance Act

To enhance child-rearing programs and lower the rate of employment insurance premiums.

Foreign relationships, national security, safety

X

Revisions to Japan-U.S. Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement

(carried over from previous session)

To expand the mutual provisions of supplies between the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. forces.

X

Japan-India nuclear cooperation agreement

To allow exports of nuclear technology only for the purpose of peaceful use.

X

Revisions to Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds

(under consideration)

To change the requirements for offenses to being penalized as acts of conspiracy at the stage of plotting and newly establish a “charge of preparing for a terrorist attack and other offenses.”

National systems

 

Bills concerning the emperor’s abdication

(under consideration)

To consider whether to allow the emperor’s abdication as a one-off measure or to establish special legislation.

 

Revisions to Public Offices Election Act

(under consideration)

To review the zoning of single-seat constituencies in the Lower House to address vote-value disparities.

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