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Abe forgoes extraordinary Diet session, prioritizes diplomacy, economy

(Nikkei: November 13, 2015 – p. 4)    Despite strong demands from the opposition camp, the government and the ruling parties decided on November 12 to forgo convening an autumn Diet session for the first time in 10 years. During this period of adjournment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will go on a series of overseas trips and concentrate on working….Read more

  • 2015-11-13 15:00:00
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JCP Diet members met with residents around Yokota Base

(Akahata: November 6, 2015 – p. 4)    Japanese Communist Party lower house member Toru Miyamoto and Taku Yamazoe, a JCP candidate for the Tokyo constituency in the House of Councilors election, met on Nov. 5 with residents around the U.S. military Yokota Base (Tama region, Tokyo), where the CV22 Osprey is scheduled to be deployed for special operations. The….Read more

  • 2015-11-06 15:00:00
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Japanese Communist Party now second-largest opposition party in Diet

(Sankei: November 5, 2015 – p. 5)    As a result of the split of the Japan Innovation Party (JIP), the Japanese Communist Party is now the second-largest opposition party in both chambers of the Diet. However, although the JIP was divided into two – the group of members who joined the “Osaka Innovation Party (OIP)” and the group of….Read more

  • 2015-11-05 15:00:00
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LDP’s Nikai says “convening regular Diet session on Jan. 4 would be one option”

(Nikkei: October 28, 2015 – p. 4)    At a press conference on Oct. 27, Liberal Democratic Party General Council Chairman Toshihiro Nikai commented on the idea of moving up the convocation of a regular Diet session from late January to Jan. 4: “I have been considering it as one option. I think it would be good to open the….Read more

  • 2015-10-28 15:00:00
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Opposition camp to call for convening extra Diet session

(Mainichi: October 17, 2015 – p. 5)    The government and ruling parties have begun to consider not convening an extraordinary Diet session in the fall. In addition to the assessment that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be busy with various diplomatic engagements, they are aiming to avoid a recurrence of the regular Diet session in which the public fiercely….Read more

  • 2015-10-19 15:00:00
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Diet likely to approve TPP after next spring: LDP Secretary-General

(Tokyo Shimbun: October 17, 2015 – p. 7)    Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki projected that the Diet will likely approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal after it passes the budget for fiscal 2016 during an ordinary session to be convened in January.    “The budget must be endorsed first by the end of the fiscal year so we….Read more

  • 2015-10-19 15:00:00
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TPP’s consistency with Diet resolution to be questioned

(The Japan Agricultural News: October 6, 2015 – p. 1)    By Takanori Okabe    As a result of the broad agreement reached in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, Japan will now have to open its market for agricultural products at a higher level than ever before. Although the government plans to introduce certain countermeasures as safeguards to mitigate the….Read more

  • 2015-10-07 15:00:00
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Gov’t may forego convening extra Diet session this fall

(Sankei: October 3, 2015 – p. 5)    By Daisuke Sawada    A possibility has emerged that an extraordinary Diet session, usually held from October to November each year, may not be convened this year. The government and the ruling parties are considering convening the Diet in early November, after the cabinet reshuffle is implemented on Oct. 7, but Prime….Read more

  • 2015-10-05 15:00:00
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Gist of PM Abe’s news conference after Diet adjournment, Sept. 25

(Mainichi: September 26, 2015 – p. 5)    Opening remarks    We passed laws on agricultural cooperative reform and in other areas that remove regulations standing in the way of Japan’s economic growth. Laws on empowerment of women and other issues have also been enacted. This was a historic Diet session that accomplished major reforms in the postwar period. Laws….Read more

  • 2015-09-28 15:00:00
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Infographic on Diet groupings

(Yomiuri: September 17, 2015—p. 4)    

  • 2015-09-17 15:00:00
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