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Enactment of casino bill during current Diet session uncertain

(Sankei: April 17, 2014 – p. 5)    The supra-partisan “alliance of Diet members to promote the international tourism industry” is rushing to enact a bill (to lift the ban on casino gambling) to promote the construction of integrated resorts (IRs) with an eye on opening casinos before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, the resubmission of the bill is delayed.….Read more

  • 2015-04-17 15:00:00
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Infographic on Diet groupings

(Nikkei: April 16, 2015 – p. 4)    

  • 2015-04-16 15:00:00
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Diet panels on state secrecy law hold first meetings

(Yomiuri: March 31, 2015 – p. 4)    Diet commissions tasked with inspecting the government’s management of the state secrecy law held their first meetings on March 30 since the law came into effect three months ago. The panels have been set up in both Diet houses. Although the panels can issue recommendations for improvements in the government’s designation and….Read more

  • 2015-03-31 15:00:00
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Diet committees on secrecy law to launch operations on March 30

(Nikkei: March 26, 2015 – p. 4)    The House of Representatives and House of Councillors will both hold the first meetings of their committees to monitor the secrecy law on March 30. The two committees can exercise their legal authority to recommend corrections if they judge that the government’s application or removal of the secrecy designation is inappropriate. Opposition….Read more

  • 2015-03-26 15:00:00
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Opposition expected to submit numerous bills to current Diet session

(Mainichi: March 18, 2015 – p. 5)    As the budget for fiscal 2015 has cleared the House of Representatives, the main focus of attention in the Diet will now shift to deliberations on important bills. In addition to security-related bills based on the cabinet decision last July that allows Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, many bills,….Read more

  • 2015-03-18 15:00:00
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LDP, JIP, PNG to jointly resubmit casino bill to current Diet session

(Asahi: March 18, 2015 – p. 4)    The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and two minor opposition parties – the Japan Innovation Party and the Party for Future Generations – have decided to jointly resubmit a bill (lifting the ban on casino gambling) promoting the construction of integrated resorts (IRs), which was scrapped because the House of Representatives election was….Read more

  • 2015-03-18 15:00:00
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Gist of Diet debates at Upper House Budget Committee on March 16

(Nikkei: March 17, 2015 – p. 4)    Following is the gist of Diet debates held on March 16 at the Upper House Budget Committee:    Hata Yuichiro, Secretary-General at the Upper House caucus of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)    Regional revitalization    Hata: The government has remained old-fashioned in its policymaking for regional revitalization and it is….Read more

  • 2015-03-17 15:00:00
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52% opposed to passing security legislation during current Diet session

(Mainichi: March 16, 2015—p. 2)    The Mainichi Shimbun conducted a nationwide public opinion survey on March 14-15. A government-sponsored package of security-related legislative measures, including a bill allowing Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense, is now before the Diet for deliberation, and the government plans to have the security legislation get through the Diet during the current….Read more

  • 2015-03-16 15:00:00
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Extension of current Diet session likely for deliberations on key bills

(Yomiuri: March 14, 2015 – p. 4)    The bill for the budget for fiscal 2015 cleared the House of Representatives on March 13 and will be deliberated at the House of Councillors Budget Committee, starting on the 16th. Opposition parties intend to pursue political donation scandals involving cabinet ministers during deliberations at the Upper House as well. Hoping for….Read more

  • 2015-03-16 15:00:00
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Opposition parties grill Education Minister Shimomura at Diet over political donations

(Nikkei: March 13, 2015 – p. 4)    At the House of Representatives Budget Committee on March 12, opposition parties stepped up their questioning of Hakubun Shimomura, minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology, over an issue involving political donations. He is facing criticism because a local party chapter that he heads allegedly received donations as membership fees from….Read more

  • 2015-03-13 15:00:00
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