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Lower House Budget Committee to convene on Nov. 27-28

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Diet Affairs Committee Chairman Hiroshi Moriyama met several times with his Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) counterpart Kiyomi Tsujimoto at the Diet on Nov. 21, and they reached an agreement to hold sessions of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, requiring the presence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and all cabinet members, on Nov. 27-28.


Seven hours of interpellations are scheduled for each day, but the two sides failed to agree on the allotment of question time to ruling and opposition parties. Executive directors of the Budget Committee of all parties will continue to discuss this issue.


Moriyama and Tsujimoto also agreed to hold questioning sessions on the policy speeches given by the cabinet ministers at five Lower House committees – the Committees on Judicial Affairs, Cabinet, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Health, Labor and Welfare, and Security – at an early date.


With regard to the allotment of question time, the ruling bloc is pushing for a 5:5 ratio, while the opposition demands a 2:8 ratio in favor of the opposition.


Moriyama told a news conference on Nov. 21: “It is also necessary to give consideration to minority floor groups. We will take that into account and try to find a middle ground between the two sides.

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