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Final coordination underway to schedule extra Diet session

  • October 4, 2018
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The government and ruling parties are hurriedly making final coordination to schedule an extraordinary Diet session to be convened late this month. The session will probably be a little longer than one month to last until early December.

 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit China to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty scheduled for Oct. 23 and meet with President Xi Jinping. Abe’s visit has initially been scheduled for Oct. 23-25 and an extraordinary Diet session was to be convened on Oct. 26 after his return from China. However, there is now a possibility that the summit meeting in China could be delayed. The government is, therefore, now considering a plan that Abe will leave for China on Oct. 25 or later and the Diet session may be convened on Oct. 24 before his departure so that the prime minister could leave for Beijing on the night of Oct. 24 or later.

 

On the day the Diet session is convened, Abe will make his general-policy speech at the plenary session of both Houses. Regardless of whether the Diet session will be convened either before or after PM Abe’s visit to China, the ruling and opposition parties are expected to hold interpellations on Oct. 29-31, followed by deliberations on the fiscal 2018 draft supplementary budget.

 

Regarding the length of the upcoming extraordinary Diet session, Liberal Democratic Party Diet Affairs Committee Chairperson Hiroshi Moriyama told the press on Oct. 3, “If the session continues until after Dec. 10, it might affect the compilation of the budget for next fiscal year,” indicating the session will end around early December.

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