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Extra Diet session starts amid state funeral controversy

TOKYO – An extraordinary Diet session began Wednesday, with debate on a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe put on hold for the three-day sitting despite ongoing controversy about whether the ceremony is appropriate for the influential yet divisive figure.   The ruling and opposition camps are dealing with procedural issues during the Diet session and have agreed….Read more

  • August 3, 2022
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LDP’s Otsuji elected Upper House president

NHK reported on the start today of a three-day extraordinary Diet session. At the Upper House plenary session that began at 10 a.m., the LDP’s Otsuji Hidehisa was elected president and the CDPJ’s Nagahama Hiroyuki was elected vice president of the Upper House.

  • August 3, 2022
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Memorial speech for Abe to be delivered during extraordinary Diet session in fall

Nikkei and Mainichi reported that LDP Diet affairs chief Takagi met with his CDPJ counterpart Mabuchi on Monday and withdrew the plan to deliver a parliamentary speech for former Prime Minister Abe during the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Aug. 3. Takagi reportedly proposed that the memorial speech be delivered at the next extraordinary Diet session in the….Read more

  • August 2, 2022
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Mizuoka reelected as CDPJ, SDP Upper House group chairperson

On July 28, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) announced the election of a new chairperson for their parliamentary group in the Upper House as the current term is to expire. The CDPJ’s Mizuoka Shunichi (66), the current chairperson, threw his hat in the ring. As there were no other candidates, Mizuoka was….Read more

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LDP eyes memorial speech for Abe on Aug. 5

All national dailies wrote that the LDP is making arrangements for a memorial speech for former Prime Minister Abe to be delivered at the Diet during an extraordinary session to be convened on Aug. 3. LDP Diet Affairs Committee Chairperson Takagi proposed to his CDPJ counterpart Mabuchi on Wednesday the idea of delivering the speech on Aug. 5. However, instead….Read more

  • July 21, 2022
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Three-day Diet session to be convened in early August

Saturday’s Nikkei reported that the GOJ is planning to convene an extraordinary Diet session from Aug. 3 to 5 to decide on the Upper House leadership, including the president and vice president, as well as the chairpersons of standing committees. A speech to commemorate the late Prime Minister Abe is also likely to be delivered during the three-day session.

  • July 16, 2022
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Otsuji likely to become Japan’s new Upper House head

  Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)–The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering nominating Hidehisa Otsuji, 81, former vice president of the House of Councillors, as new president of the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, informed sources said Thursday.   Otsuji, 81, is expected to be elected new Upper House president during an extraordinary Diet session, which is likely….Read more

  • July 14, 2022
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Komeito exec urges careful debate over constitutional revision

  Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)–Komeito executive Kazuo Kitagawa on Thursday urged careful debate on revising the Constitution of Japan while the party is viewed as being in favor of amending the top law.   “It’s not as easy as (many) believe,” Kitagawa, head of the party’s Central Secretariat, said at a press conference. “I don’t think we can revise….Read more

  • July 14, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:14 p.m.
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Kishida discusses political schedule with Aso, Motegi

Nikkei and Yomiuri wrote that Prime Minister Kishida had lunch with LDP Vice President Aso and Secretary General Motegi at a Tokyo hotel on Wednesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno was also present. According to an informed source, they discussed the results of the Sunday Upper House election, the political schedule, and the planned reshuffle of the lineup of LDP executive….Read more

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Calls growing for Otsuji Hidehisa to be tapped as new Upper House president 

NHK reported online this morning that following the Upper House election, the LDP and Komeito are coordinating with the GOJ to convene an extraordinary Diet session in early August to elect a new president and vice president of the Upper House. The network said calls are growing within the LDP to tap Otsuji Hidehisa, former vice president of the Upper….Read more

  • July 13, 2022
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