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“All-Okinawa” parliamentary group to be formed in House of Councillors

Sources revealed on July 21 that Yoichi Iha, the newly elected independent in the Okinawa prefectural constituency of the House of Councillors, and Keiko Itokazu, a three-time member of the Upper House, are forming their own group in the Upper House. The two Diet members representing Okinawa are moving toward naming the group “All-Okinawa.” Notification of the parliamentary group will….Read more

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Kantei’s influence seen in choice of Upper House president

Political maneuvering in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is intensifying over the selection of the House of Councillors president. The largest faction, the Hosoda faction, is poised to take both the positions of president and chair of the LDP caucus in the Upper House, thus incurring the ire of the Kishida and other factions.   With Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary….Read more

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Column: The truth about the pro-constitutional revision forces’ 2/3 majority

The constitutional revision debate is heating up because forces in favor of revision have secured a two-thirds majority as a result of the recent House of Councillors election.

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Ruling coalition seeks 90-day session for extraordinary Diet

Monday’s Sankei front-paged a report saying that the GOJ and the ruling coalition are making arrangements to convene an extraordinary Diet session in mid-September. The GOJ and the ruling parties plan to hold Diet deliberations until mid-December to approve bills related to such key issues as the second supplementary budget for fiscal 2016 and the TPP, with the hope that….Read more

  • July 18, 2016
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LDP to capture Upper House majority without relying on junior partner

All papers wrote that former Reconstruction Minister Hirano requested to join the LDP on Tuesday, noting that this will allow the ruling party to secure a majority in the Upper House without counting on the Komeito party for the first time in 27 years. The legislator has been independent since he quit the DPJ in 2013. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga….Read more

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Extra Diet session to be convened on Sept. 26

The government and ruling parties decided to convene the autumn extraordinary Diet session on September 26. Bills related to the second extension of the consumption tax hike, the second supplementary budget bill, including economic measures, a bill on the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which will be carried over to the extra session, will be major topics of discussion.….Read more

  • July 1, 2016
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Abe gauging optimum timing for dissolving Lower House

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision on dissolving the House of Representatives for a general election may become the key political issue after the House of Councillors election (campaign starts on June 22, voting on July 7). With the consumption tax increase postponed to October 2019, Abe now has fewer constraints in making this decision. Opinions are divided in the ruling….Read more

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Extra Diet session to be convened in late September

The government and ruling parties started on June 3 making arrangements for a plan to convene an extraordinary Diet session in late September. The extra session will likely be convened in late September as usual in consideration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s diplomatic schedule even though the government and ruling coalition looked into the possibility of starting an extra session….Read more

  • June 4, 2016
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Deliberation on TPP legislation put off until after election

The ordinary Diet session ended on Wednesday, putting off deliberations on legislation related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) until an extraordinary session in the fall.   Out of the 56 bills submitted by the government, 50 of them passed for an 89% enactment rate. The bills enacted included legislation requiring certain criminal investigations to be recorded. Lawmaker-initiated bills on Lower….Read more

  • June 2, 2016
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Fifty government-sponsored bills clear Diet during latest session

During the 190th regular Diet session, which closed on June 1, 50 of the bills submitted by the government passed. This is the fourth lowest number in the postwar period. The rate of enactment was 89.3%. With an eye on the upcoming House of Councillors election, the ruling parties decided not to enact a bill to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership….Read more

  • June 2, 2016
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