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Supra-partisan parliamentary union for Lower House reform launched

The first meeting of the parliamentary union for House of Representatives reform was held at the Diet on June 28 with some 100 lawmakers participating.


The group is calling itself the “parliamentary union for the implementation of Lower House reform in the Heisei Era.” It will discuss such steps as: introducing push-button voting that has already been adopted in the House of Councillors; holding party leaders’ debates in the evening; and elimination of paper documents distributed for deliberations, aiming at implementation within one year.


The meeting elected the LDP’s former Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada as chairman, Democratic Party for the People Secretary General Motohisa Furukawa as one of its vice chairpersons, and Nippon Ishin [Japan Innovation Party] Secretary General Nobuyuki Baba as one of the deputy chairmen. LDP Chief Deputy Secretary General Shinjiro Koizumi, who will serve as the group’s secretary general, held a news conference after the meeting, where he stressed that “progress in Diet reform cannot be made without unity across party boundaries.”

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