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IR bills next in extended Diet session

  • June 29, 2018
  • , Sankei , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

With work style reform bills approved at the Upper House Committee on Health, Labor and Welfare on June 28, the “battleground” of the extended Diet session has moved to the UH Committee on the Cabinet, which will deliberate on bills on the implementation of integrated resort (IR) facilities, including casinos. Though the session is extended for another 32 days, the deliberation schedule remains tight. It is predicted that the opposition camp may struggle against the IR legislation through such measures as presenting a censure motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The battle between the ruling and opposition camps will likely intensify.


The IR bills are expected to be sent to the UH Committee on the Cabinet for deliberations around July 10. As Prime Minister Abe is scheduled to go on a tour to Europe from July 11, a question-and-answer session with his attendance will likely be held on July 19, and deliberations will likely continue through July 22, which the extended session is scheduled to end.


While the IR bills are being deliberated, the opposition camp is planning to present not only a censure motion against Abe and a resolution to demand the dismissal of the standing committee chairman but also a no-confidence motion against the cabinet. The ruling coalition is seeking to enact the bills by July 20, the last weekday during the Diet session, but the approval may be postponed to July 21 if the opposition bench resists. (Abridged)

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