Tokyo, May 12 (Jiji Press)–Executives of Japan’s ruling camp Tuesday agreed to hold talks among ruling and opposition policy leaders about a planned second supplementary budget for fiscal 2020 to address the COVID-19 crisis.
With cooperation from the opposition bloc, the coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito aims to enact the second extra budget during the ongoing session of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, ending on June 17.
Later on Tuesday, LDP Diet affairs chief Hiroshi Moriyama met with his counterpart at opposition Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), Takashi Endo.]
Moriyama told Endo that the LDP will ask for meetings with the policy chiefs of all opposition parties to hear their opinions on the budget.
At a meeting of its Policy Research Council, Komeito decided to gather opinions in the party by Monday.
Regarding the second extra budget, Hiroshige Seko, secretary-general for the LDP’s House of Councillors lawmakers, called for special benefits for medical personnel working in tough conditions.
Seko also proposed an increase in unemployment benefits.
At the meeting with Endo, Moriyama suggested holding a meeting of the top secretaries of all parties by the end of the current Diet session to discuss procedures while the Diet is closed.
The LDP hopes to hold off-session deliberations if necessary without extending the regular parliamentary session.