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Debate underway at parliament over U.S.-Japan trade deal

  • October 18, 2019
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote that the opposition bloc is stepping up its criticism of GOJ-sponsored legislation to approve the new U.S-Japan trade agreements on the grounds that the elimination of U.S. import duties on Japanese autos and auto parts was not specified in the agreement. The opposition camp is reportedly displeased that the ruling coalition has not designated the bill as “important and comprehensive legislation,” which would require the prime minister to participate in the relevant Diet committee deliberations. The opposition parties are determined to block the administration’s plan to obtain parliamentary approval during the current Diet session.

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