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Analysis: PM Abe’s aggressive style in Diet deliberations

(Asahi: March 25, 2016 – p. 4)    By Yoshihiro Yokomakura, Hisashi Ishimatsu    Deliberation on the draft FY16 budget has entered the final phase. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive responses have stood out in the three months of debate since the deliberation on the supplementary budget. Mindful of the forthcoming House of Councillors election, Abe has persisted in his….Read more

  • 2016-03-25 15:00:00
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First female chief of National Diet Library appointed

(Asahi: March 24, 2016 – p. 4)    On March 23, the executive boards of the Upper and Lower House Committees on Rules and Administration informally appointed Sawako Hanyu (67), former president of Ochanomizu University, as the [head] librarian of the National Diet Library. This is the first time for a woman to be appointed to this position. After approval….Read more

  • 2016-03-24 15:00:00
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Tight Diet schedule may make TPP enactment during current session difficult

(Kanagawa Shimbun: March 22, 2016 – p. 2)    The House of Representatives will set up a special committee to deliberate the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and bills related to the free trade pact at a March 24 plenary session. Though the passage of the budgetary bill for fiscal 2016 is expected to take place at a House of….Read more

  • 2016-03-23 15:00:00
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Gov’t rushing Diet deliberation on TPP bills

(Tokyo Shimbun: March 9, 2016 – Top play)    By Michio Yoshida, Akihiro Ikushima    The cabinet approved a bill seeking the ratification of the TPP agreement and 11 TPP-related legislative measures on Mar. 8, submitting them to the Diet for deliberation. The government and the ruling parties are aiming at enacting these bills before the Diet adjourns on June….Read more

  • 2016-03-09 15:00:00
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Egyptian president to deliver speech at Diet on Feb. 29

(Nikkei: February 24, 2016 – p. 24)    At a meeting of its directors on Feb. 23, the House of Representatives Steering Committee decided on a timetable for Egyptian President Sisi to give a speech at the Lower House plenary session: noon on Feb. 29. The Steering Committee also approved a trip to China on Feb. 26-28 by Taro Aso,….Read more

  • 2016-02-24 15:00:00
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Kazuya Maruyama’s ‘slave’ remarks at Diet committee session and explanation

(Mainichi: February 19, 2016 – p. 5)    Kazuya Maruyama’s remarks at House of Councillors Commission on the Constitution    For example, from a constitutional perspective what would be the problem if Japan became the 51st state of the United States? This would not present a problem with the right of collective self-defense and Japan-U.S. security treaty. Seats in the….Read more

  • 2016-02-19 15:00:00
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DPJ, JIP jointly submit to Diet counterproposals

(Yomiuri: February 19, 2016 – p. 4)    The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the Japan Innovation Party (JIP) jointly submitted to the Diet on Feb. 18 a territorial defense bill to deal with gray zone situations, a bill revising the Law on Situation in the Areas Surrounding Japan, and a bill amending the UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) Cooperation….Read more

  • 2016-02-19 15:00:00
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Negative GDP growth overshadows Abe’s Diet dissolution strategy

(Mainichi: February 16, 2016 – p. 3)    The contraction of Japan’s quarterly gross domestic product growth is sending shock waves through the government and the ruling parties. The government has long enjoyed solid public support thanks to expectations for economic recovery. The economic outlook will likely have an affect on when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decides to call a….Read more

  • 2016-02-16 15:00:00
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Diet debate on TPP thrown into confusion following Amari’s departure

(Asahi: February 9, 2016 – p. 4)    The resignation of former Economic Revitalization Akira Amari, who had led the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact, is having an impact on budget deliberations in the Diet. In a House of Representatives Budget Committee session on Feb. 8, there was a scene in which cabinet ministers working on….Read more

  • 2016-02-09 15:00:00
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Editorial: Diet should debate TPP to address public concerns

(Tokyo Shimbun: February 5, 2016 – p. 5)    Diet deliberations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact will kick off following the official signing of the accord by the 12 member nations. Legislators are expected to hold in-depth discussions so doubts over individual trade items and public concerns will be eased.    To begin with, the TPP should be….Read more

  • 2016-02-05 15:00:00
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