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Ruling bloc to propose allowing Abe to spend less time in Diet

  • January 12, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 10:15 a.m.
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Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling bloc plans to propose allowing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to spend less time attending Diet meetings during the upcoming ordinary session, starting on Jan. 22, despite claims by the opposition that the decision would save Abe from being grilled over recent scandals. 

The ruling bloc is also poised to demand an increase in the time it has during questions in the Diet, the nation’s parliament, as it did in a special session late last year.

According to a survey by the Liberal Democratic Party, Abe spent a total of 376 hours attending Diet meetings in 2016, far more than the 34 hours spent by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015 and the 40 hours in total by his British counterparts David Cameron and then Theresa May in the year from May 2016.

“If the current situation continues, Japan will lag behind other countries in summit-level diplomacy,” an LDP executive warned.

The ruling coalition hopes to drastically cut the time the prime minister spends attending Diet committee meetings, in exchange for holding a parliamentary debate each month between the prime minister and other party leaders.

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