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Strength of in-house groups in House of Representatives

The Lower House approved the resignation of Reiwa Shinsengumi representative Yamamoto Taro (Tokyo proportional representation segment) at its plenary session on April 19. Yamamoto has expressed the intent to run in this summer’s Upper House election.   The strength of the House of Representatives in-house groups is now as follows.  

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Japan ruling bloc, DPFP agree to shelve gas tax cut

Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition and the opposition Democratic Party for the People agreed at a meeting of their secretaries-general on Tuesday to skip an emergency gasoline tax cut for now.     The three parties confirmed a policy of continuing discussions to promptly reach a conclusion on whether to unfreeze the so-called trigger clause enabling….Read more

  • April 19, 2022
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Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

On April 18, the “Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Voice of the People” parliamentary group notified the Upper House Secretariat that the LDP’s Tanaka Hiroshi has joined the parliamentary group. Tanaka moved up to fill the vacancy [left by Miyamoto Shuji earlier this month].   The strength of the House of Councillors in-house groups is now as follows.  

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Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

On April 15, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) notified the Upper House Secretariat that Upper House member Mashiko Teruhiko has withdrawn from the “LDP and Voice of the People” parliamentary group. Mashiko has announced he will run for the Fukushima constituency seat in this summer’s Upper House election as an independent.   The strength of the House of Councillors in-house….Read more

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Quasi-refugee system eyed for Ukrainian evacuees: Kishida

Tokyo, April 13 (Jiji Press)–Japan will promote discussions about protecting Ukrainian evacuees by giving them a “quasi-refugee” status, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday.     Masses of people have been fleeing out of Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s invasion of their country. But those evacuating due to international conflicts are said not to fit the definition of refugees set….Read more

  • April 13, 2022
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Diet to adopt motion on Okinawa reversion

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported on a growing consensus between the ruling and opposition camps on passing by the end of this month a parliamentary resolution in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japanese administration on May 15. The envisaged motion will reportedly include such words as “strong Okinawa economy,” “platform for peace building,” and “bridge….Read more

  • April 13, 2022
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Diet begins deliberating legislation on sanctions against Russia

All national papers reported that on Tuesday parliamentary deliberations commenced on two bills aimed at penalizing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The legislation is intended to strip Moscow of its most favored trading nation status and prevent it from using cryptocurrency in evading financial sanctions. On the proposed revision of the two existing laws, Prime Minister Kishida said during….Read more

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Opposition parties draw up economic stimulus measures one after another

The opposition parties have been drawing up a barrage of proposals for economic stimulus measures aimed at addressing the pandemic and soaring prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They are also calling on the government to formulate a supplementary budget for fiscal 2022 in a bid to win over voters ahead of the summer Upper House election.   At….Read more

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Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

LDP Upper House member Miyamoto Shuji (proportional representation) automatically became disqualified to continue in office on April 7 with the start of campaigning for the by-election for the Ishikawa constituency Upper House seat for which he is running. It is expected that Tanaka Hiroshi, who is a former Lower House member and former Yokohama mayor, will move up soon to….Read more

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