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Confusion over security situations in Diet debate

(Asahi: May 29, 2015 – p. 2)    By Sachiko Miwa    How to define situations where Japan is in “danger” and what will the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in such situations – the focus of the discussions at the House of Representatives special committee on May 28 was the various “situations” the Abe administration’s security-related bills deal with. There were….Read more

  • 2015-05-29 15:00:00
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Column: Explain possible changes in Japan-U.S. relationship in Diet debate on security bills

(Mainichi: May 27, 2015 – p. 10)    By Jun Aoki, political reporter    Diet deliberation on the security bills to enable the exercise of the right to collective self-defense has begun. The debate is likely to focus on constitutionality, the situations in which the exercise of this right will be allowed, and so forth. However, there is one more….Read more

  • 2015-05-27 15:00:00
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Security legislation “during current Diet session” at 25%, cabinet support levels off at 50%

(Nikkei: May 25, 2015 – p. 1)    The Nihon Keizai Shimbun and TV Tokyo jointly conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey across the nation on May 22-24. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they approve of passing a government-sponsored package of security-related legislative measures, including a bill allowing Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense, during the….Read more

  • 2015-05-26 15:00:00
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Diet debate on security legislation to start on May 26

(Asahi: May 22, 2015 – p. 4)    The House of Representatives Steering Committee decided on May 21 at a board meeting to start deliberations on 11 bills related to national security at a Lower House plenary session on May 26. The political parties submitted to the committee their lists of members of a special committee to deliberate on the….Read more

  • 2015-05-22 15:00:00
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60% don’t approve of enacting security legislation during current Diet session

(Asahi: May 19, 2015 – p. 1)    The Asahi Shimbun conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey across the nation on May 16-17. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they think a government-sponsored package of 11 security-related legislative measures, including a bill to expand the scope of the Self-Defense Forces’ rear-echelon support for U.S. forces, should be enacted during….Read more

  • 2015-05-19 15:00:00
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Diet debate on agriculture co-op law starts

(Nikkei: May 15, 2015 – p. 4)    Deliberations on a bill to revise the Agricultural Co-operative Society Law were launched on May 14 at a plenary session of the House of Representatives. The bill is aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of the agricultural industry. The government regards the bill as a showcase feature of the reform of the so-called….Read more

  • 2015-05-15 15:00:00
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Diet committee to quiz state minister on TPP information disclosure statement

(Nikkei: May 12, 2015 – p. 4)    At an informal meeting of its directors on May 11, the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries decided to hold an executive meeting on May 12 to ask State Minister of the Cabinet Office Yatustoshi Nishimura to explain his statement on allowing access to the draft provisions of the….Read more

  • 2015-05-12 15:00:00
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Infographic on Diet groupings

(Nikkei: May 8, 2015 – p. 26)    [A concurring vote of two-thirds or more of all the members of each house is required for the Diet to initiate amendments to the Constitution.]  

  • 2015-05-08 15:00:00
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LDP submits to Diet casino bill with Japan Innovation Party, Party for Future Generations

(Asahi: April 29, 2015 – p. 4)    The Liberal Democratic Party, the Japan Innovation Party and the Party for Future Generations submitted again to the Diet a bill to promote integrated casino resorts on April 28. The LDP aims to enact the bill during the current session, but its coalition partner Komeito Party remains cautious, which makes the prospects….Read more

  • 2015-04-29 15:00:00
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Ruling parties propose starting Diet deliberation on security legislations on May 19

(Yomiuri: April 23, 2015 – p. 4)    The secretaries general and Diet Affairs Committee chairs of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito met in Tokyo on April 22 and agreed to start Diet deliberation on the security legislations at a plenary session of the House of Representatives on May 19, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will give an explanation….Read more

  • 2015-04-23 15:00:00
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