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Coordination underway to convene regular Diet session on Jan. 22

  • December 14, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

The government and the ruling parties have begun coordination to convene the regular Diet session on Jan. 22. While there had also been a suggestion for the Diet to convene on Dec. 19 in order to aim at passing the FY17 supplementary budget in January, it was judged that there would not be enough time to prepare for Diet deliberations with this schedule since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making a one-week overseas trip in mid-January. The above was revealed by a source close to the government and the ruling parties.

 

Under the Diet Law, a regular Diet session is held for 150 days. If the Diet is convened on Jan. 22, it will adjourn on June 20. The administration’s four policy speeches, including one by the prime minister, are expected to be delivered on the opening day, kicking off the Diet’s debate.

 

This Diet session will discuss bills relating to workstyle reform, the implementing laws for operating integrated resorts (IR) with casinos, and other key pieces of legislation. The constitutional debate will also be a major focus of interest.

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