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Ruling parties strive to enhance cooperation to prevent sudden policy changes

  • August 6, 2021
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The ruling parties held the first meeting of the working-level COVID-19 response council in the Diet on Aug. 5. The participants confirmed that the ruling parties will assess important policy changes before the government implements them. The ruling parties cited the need for such assessment in response to mounting criticism over the policy change on the hospitalization of COVID-19 patients. As the Lower House elections approaches, the ruling parties hope to recover from the setback by strengthening their cooperation.

 

Former environment minister Kamoshita Ichiro of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito Policy Research Council Acting Chairperson Takagi Michiyo attended the meeting, with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Sakai Manabu representing the government. The meeting participants agreed to discuss the outlook for the resumption of economic activities as more people get vaccinated, in addition to the issue of prior policy assessment.

 

This working-level response council was launched at the request of the Komeito. After the meeting, Takagi told reporters, “It is important for the ruling parties to work together in close cooperation to formulate policy directions that reflect the people’s views.” However, she seemed to be sarcastically implying that such cooperation has not taken place in the past. (Abridged)

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