Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Chief Deputy Secretary General Shinjiro Koizumi and other ruling party and opposition members will launch a supra-partisan parliamentary union for the reform of the House of Representatives before the end of this month. Diet members from the LDP, Komeito, the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP), and Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) will participate in this group.
This group aims to build momentum for the reform of the Diet with such proposals as paperless committee meetings and holding party leaders’ debates at night for more vigorous discussions.
The lawmakers are considering giving this group the name “parliamentary union for implementing Lower House reforms within the Heisei Era.” The LDP’s former Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada will serve as the group’s chairman and Koizumi, its secretary general.
DPFP Secretary General Motohisa Furukawa and Diet Affairs Committee chair Kenta Izumi, Ishin Secretary General Nobuyuki Baba, independent former Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, and others will also join the new group.
Some DPFP members working for cooperation among the six opposition groups voiced the concern that “this may become a means to divide the opposition.”