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Gist of interpellations at Upper House audit committee meeting, June 13, 2022

The following is the gist of interpellations at the Upper House audit committee meeting held on June 13, 2022:   Rising prices   Sugio Hideya (Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan): What’s your view on the recent price increases?   Prime Minister Kishida Fumio: They are impacting people’s livelihoods as well as corporate activity and indeed causing public anxiety about the….Read more

  • June 14, 2022
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 9
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Strength of in-house groups in House of Representatives

On June 13, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) notified the Lower House Secretariat that Yoshikawa Takeru has left the parliamentary group. Yoshikawa left the LDP [on June 10] after a weekly magazine reported that he went out for drinks with an 18-year-old female university student.   The strength of the House of Representatives in-house groups is now as follows.  


All GOJ-submitted bills expected to be enacted during current Diet session

Nikkei reported that all the bills submitted by the GOJ are expected to be enacted during the current Diet session for the first time in 26 years. The paper said a bill to revise the Penal Code to unify two types of imprisonment — with and without labor — into a single punishment was enacted during an Upper House plenary….Read more

  • June 14, 2022
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Gist of interpellations at Upper House budget committee meeting, June 3, 2022

The following is the gist of interpellations at the intensive session of the Upper House budget committee meeting on June 3, 2022:   Countermeasures against rising prices   Katayama Satsuki (Liberal Democratic Party): What’s your view on the inflation that has arisen since the Russian invasion of Ukraine?   Prime Minister Kishida Fumio: The measures to rein in the rising….Read more


Japan Lower House speaker to face no-confidence motion

Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)–The leading opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan plans to submit a no-confidence motion against Hiroyuki Hosoda, speaker of the House of Representatives, over his repeated criticism of a reform plan for the lower chamber of parliament, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.   Hosoda is “not qualified to remain as speaker” of the Lower….Read more


Gist of interpellations at Lower House budget committee meeting on June 1, 2022

Below is the gist of the interpellations at the Lower House budget committee meeting on June 1, 2022.   Countermeasures against rising prices   Izumi Kenta (CDPJ): Prices are soaring to extraordinary levels, and some people say, “This is Kishida inflation.” The government is not taking any countermeasures against the rising commodity prices. There are no measures against rising food….Read more


Kishida explains statement on “substantial increase” in defense spending

Asahi took up remarks made at the Diet on Tuesday by Prime Minister Kishida regarding the statement he made to President Biden during their recent Tokyo summit on his resolve to “secure a substantial increase” in Japan’s defense budget. In response to a query from an opposition lawmaker, the premier said this message should not be construed as a commitment….Read more


Kishida denies remark on defense spending hike constitutes official commitment to U.S.

By Nobira Yuichi   At an Upper House Budget Committee meeting held on May 31, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio clarified that the remark he made at the recent Japan-U.S. summit that he was “determined to secure substantial increase of [Japan’s] defense budget” was not an “official commitment made to the U.S.” On the word “substantial” (soto-na in Japanese), the Prime….Read more

  • June 1, 2022
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Editorial: Abuse of reserves for emergencies jeopardizes fiscal democracy

One wonders if the Diet is abandoning its primary duty, which is mandated by the public.   A supplementary budget bill passed the Lower House on May 27. It compromises the foundations of public finance, which is abuse of emergency reserves by the government.   Deliberations in the lower chamber, however, seldom sought to apply the brakes to this unscrupulous….Read more


Kishida vows to reassure people amid soaring prices

Tokyo, May 25 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday vowed to give people a sense of security at a time when the country faces soaring prices of crude oil and other goods.     “The (price) situation is unpredictable, and we will reassure people by swiftly responding to possible unexpected demand for fiscal spending that may arises under the….Read more

  • May 25, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:17 p.m.
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