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Diet debate on U.S.-Japan trade deal begins today

  • October 24, 2019
  • , Yomiuri, Sankei
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Yomiuri and Sankei reported that Diet deliberations on GOJ-sponsored legislation to obtain parliamentary endorsement of the U.S.-Japan trade agreements will start today. Prime Minister Abe is expected to attend a plenary session of the Lower House to explain the goals of the bill. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga called for opposition support for swift passage by telling the press yesterday: “It is a balanced, win-win deal for Japan and the U.S.” Although the opposition bloc is determined to derail the legislation on the grounds that the GOJ has failed to obtain assurances that President Trump will not impose higher auto tariffs, it will automatically be enacted 30 days after being approved by the Lower House based on a constitutional provision. The ruling coalition is reportedly aiming to pass the bill in the lower chamber by Nov. 8.  

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