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LDP heavyweights in fragile solidarity as they jockey for key personnel positions in post-election reshuffle

By Sawada Daisuke   When the Upper House election officially kicked off on June 22, former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was in Tokyo’s Yurakucho district. Giving a campaign speech for a Liberal Democratic Party candidate, he stressed the need for compiling a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year after the election.   A junior lawmaker close to Abe….Read more

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Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

On June 27, the Upper House announced the strength of in-house groups now that Tashiro Kaoru has moved up in the proportional representation segment [to fill a vacancy]. Tashiro ran as a Democratic Party (Minshinto) candidate in the proportional representation segment of the 2016 Upper House election. He is not affiliated with any in-house group.   The strength of the….Read more

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Upper House race to become a crucial test for Kishida to seize control in post-election landscape

By Tanaka Issei and Nagahara Shingo   At 1:30 p.m. on June 16, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio (president of the Liberal Democratic Party) left the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] for the Lower House Members’ Building next door to visit former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. They held talks on issues ranging from the Upper House election to increasing defense spending and….Read more

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Editorial: Diet still failing to live up to its role as credible venue for debate

This year’s ordinary Diet session, the first since Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took office in October, closed on June 15.   The ruling and opposition parties are now gearing up for an Upper House election scheduled for July 10. The official campaign period for the poll will start on June 22.   Past parliamentary sessions during the administrations of former….Read more

  • June 16, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:45 p.m.
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Editorial: Despite some legislative achievements, discussion of thorny issues lacked depth

It is regrettable that while deliberations on the budget and bills progressed smoothly, discussions on many challenges have been left half-baked.   The ordinary Diet session has closed. A total of 61 bills submitted by the government have been enacted. It is the first time in 26 years that all the government-initiated bills were passed into law at an ordinary….Read more

  • June 16, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 11:37 a.m.
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Editorial: Japan’s Diet flops on key issues as gov’t, opposition turn to internal fighting

There is a fierce internal fight going on in Japan over the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)’s positions. At the same time, we see a noticeable amount of bickering among the opposition parties. Meanwhile, parliamentary debate on key issues has become increasingly flat.   The regular Diet session ended on June 15, and for the first time in 26 years,….Read more

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All govt bills enacted in regular Diet session for 1st time since 1996

Tokyo, June 15 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government this year saw all of its newly introduced bills enacted during a regular session of the Diet, the country’s parliament, for the first time since 1996.   The achievement was mainly due to the government and ruling parties limiting the number of bills ahead of the House of Councillors election on July 10,….Read more

  • June 15, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:51 p.m.
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Gist of interpellations at Upper House audit committee meeting, June 13, 2022

The following is the gist of interpellations at the Upper House audit committee meeting held on June 13, 2022:   Rising prices   Sugio Hideya (Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan): What’s your view on the recent price increases?   Prime Minister Kishida Fumio: They are impacting people’s livelihoods as well as corporate activity and indeed causing public anxiety about the….Read more

  • June 14, 2022
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 9
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Strength of in-house groups in House of Representatives

On June 13, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) notified the Lower House Secretariat that Yoshikawa Takeru has left the parliamentary group. Yoshikawa left the LDP [on June 10] after a weekly magazine reported that he went out for drinks with an 18-year-old female university student.   The strength of the House of Representatives in-house groups is now as follows.  

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All GOJ-submitted bills expected to be enacted during current Diet session

Nikkei reported that all the bills submitted by the GOJ are expected to be enacted during the current Diet session for the first time in 26 years. The paper said a bill to revise the Penal Code to unify two types of imprisonment — with and without labor — into a single punishment was enacted during an Upper House plenary….Read more

  • June 14, 2022
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