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LDP’s Amari eyes big extra budget after election

  • October 3, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 6:36 p.m.
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Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)–Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Akira Amari on Sunday expressed his eagerness to release a large supplementary state budget for fiscal 2021 after the upcoming general election.

The budget will include measures to deal with the novel coronavirus crisis, build a greener society and address a decrease in births in Japan, Amari said in an NHK program.

“We’ll create plans so that distribution of wealth will lead to growth,” Amari said, in line with LDP President Fumio Kishida’s call for creating a virtuous circle between wealth distribution and economic growth.

Kishida plans to launch his cabinet as soon as he is elected prime minister at an extraordinary session of the Diet, the country’s parliament, to be convened Monday. Japan will have a general election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, this autumn.

Separately, Keiichi Ishii, secretary-general of Komeito, the ruling LDP’s coalition partner, said he hopes that the extra budget will include the uniform cash handout of 100,000 yen per head for children under 19 proposed by his party.

Opposition party leaders, including Yukio Edano of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, said Kishida’s incoming administration should accept Budget Committee meetings at the Diet for deep discussions.

Amari rejected the opposition side’s request that he speak before the Diet about a mon

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