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New JA chief demands adherence to Diet resolution in TPP talks

(Nikkei: August 12, 2015 – p. 5)     The Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA Zenchu) held an ad hoc general meeting on Aug. 11 where Choe Okuno, head of JA Mie, was elected as its new chairman.     Okuno demanded “adherence to the Diet resolution (on protecting rice and four other sensitive product sectors)” in the Trans-Pacific….Read more

  • 2015-08-12 15:00:00
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Strife over security bills affecting Diet processing of other bills

(Yomiuri: July 19, 2015 – p. 4)    The key security bills passed the House of Representatives on July 16, so the focus of the current Diet session has moved to deliberation of the bills in the House of Councillors. On the other hand, prospects remain uncertain for starting deliberations on a number of other key legislative measures, such as….Read more

  • 2015-07-21 15:00:00
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Infographic on Diet groupings

(Tokyo Shimbun: July 17, 2015—p. 2)    

  • 2015-07-17 15:00:00
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Commentary: 116 hours of Diet debate fail to deepen understanding on security bills

(Yomiuri: July 16, 2015 – p. 3)    By political reporters Yoshifumi Sugita, Yuji Okabe    The ruling parties alone passed the security bills at the House of Representatives special committee on the peace and security-related bills (chaired by Yasukazu Hamada) on July 15. A total of 116 hours and 30 minutes was spent deliberating the bills, far above the….Read more

  • 2015-07-16 15:00:00
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DPJ, JIP to jointly submit territorial policing bill to Diet

(Asahi: July 7, 2015 – p. 4)    By Kenjiro Takahashi, Shinichi Fujiwara    The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the Japan Innovation Party (JIP) agreed on July 6 to jointly submit to the current Diet session a territorial policing bill to deal with the so-called “gray zone situations” short of an actual armed attacked on Japan. The bill….Read more

  • 2015-07-07 15:00:00
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Editorial: Extended Diet session should be used to deepen debate on security bills

(Nikkei: June 24, 2015 – p. 2)    The current Diet session has been extended until Sept. 27. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that this was a decision based on the need to secure sufficient time to engage in proper deliberations. Japanese citizens can hardly be said to have an adequate understanding of the security bills. The extended Diet session….Read more

  • 2015-06-24 15:00:00
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Abe extends Diet session to cope with unstable factors involving JIP, Upper House

(Asahi: June 23, 2015 – p. 4)    The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to extend the current ordinary Diet session by 95 days to ensure the passage of security related bills. Abe is hoping that deliberating on the bills in the longest Diet session since the end of World War II will help address new anxieties….Read more

  • 2015-06-23 15:00:00
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Suprapartisan group calls for “enactment of casino bill during current Diet session”

(Sankei: June 19, 2015 – p. 5)    The suprapartisan “alliance of Diet members to promote the international tourism industry,” which aims at opening casino businesses in Japan before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, held a meeting in the Diet building in June 18. In light of the ruling coalition’s plan to extend the current Diet session, which….Read more

  • 2015-06-19 15:00:00
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Gov’t, LDP making adjustments for extending Diet session until early September

(Sankei: June 13, 2015 – Top play)    The government began making adjustments on a plan to extend the current Diet session, which will end on June 24, until early September, based on the expectation that a vote on security-related bills in the House of Representatives will be delayed until early July because deliberations on the bills have not made….Read more

  • 2015-06-15 15:00:00
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Current Diet session could be extended for more than two months

(Nikkei: June 11, 2015 – p. 4)    The government and ruling parties have begun deliberating on June 10 on substantially extending the present Diet session that is set to end on June 24. In order to ensure the passage of the security legislation over which opposition parties are becoming increasingly confrontational, the government and ruling parties are planning to….Read more

  • 2015-06-11 15:00:00
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