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Tokyo assembly election, Kake scandal affect Diet session

  • May 24, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

On May 23, the House of Representatives approved an “anti-conspiracy” bill that would criminalize preparing to commit terrorist acts and other crimes by changing the conditions that constitute conspiracy. The bill will now be referred to the House of Councillors for deliberation. Enacting the bill by the end of the current Diet session on June 18 will be tight, however, and the ruling bloc has been seriously considering substantially extending the Diet session to prevent the bill from negatively impacting the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, for which official campaigning begins on June 23. Recently, however, a scandal has broken out involving Kake Educational Institution [which is headed by a friend of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe]. That reportedly has prompted the ruling bloc to consider extending the Diet session only slightly or not at all even if that means sacrificing other bills. Their aim is to not give the opposition bloc a chance to attack. (Abridged)

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