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Strength of in-house groups in House of Representatives

On Sept. 1, independent Lower House member Kishimoto Shuhei (Wakayama district 1) submitted his resignation from the Diet to House Speaker Hosoda Hiroyuki, and it was accepted. Kishimoto has announced he will run in the Wakayama gubernatorial election (voting to be held on Nov. 27). Kishimoto resigned from the Democratic Party For the People in July. The strength of the….Read more

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Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

On Sept. 1, the “Democratic Party For the People and Shin-Ryokufukai in-house group” submitted to the Upper House Secretariat the registration notice of independent Upper House member Kada Yukiko. 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 Aug. 31, the House of Councillors announced that Kada Yukiko and Nagae Takako disbanded Hekisuikai, the parliamentary group they belonged to. The strength of the House of Councillors in-house groups is now as follows.      

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Editorial: Kishida should heed opposition calls for an early Diet session

There is a long list of policy issues demanding to be addressed.   They include a series of revelations about the relationship between politicians and the Unification Church, now formally known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, and the plan to hold a state funeral for slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which has bitterly divided public….Read more

  • August 23, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun
  • English Press

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Japan govt mulls extra Diet session in early Oct.

Tokyo, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)–A plan has emerged within the Japanese government and ruling coalition to convene the Diet, the country’s parliament, into an extraordinary session in early October, in defiance of calls from opposition parties to begin the meeting as soon as possible.   The government and ruling bloc do not want to be grilled by opposition parties at the….Read more

  • August 19, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 9:59 p.m.
  • English Press

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Japan opposition parties call for early Diet session

Tokyo, Aug. 18 (Jiji Press)–Japanese opposition parties Thursday requested the government to convene an extraordinary session of the Diet, the country’s parliament, as soon as possible, based on Article 53 of the Constitution.   The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Democratic Party for the People, the Japanese Communist Party, Reiwa Shinsengumi, the Social Democratic Party and parliamentary group Yushi….Read more

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PFG to submit to Diet motion “there was no forcible recruitment of comfort women” 

The Party for Future Generations has decided to submit to the House of Representatives a motion that the Japanese military did not forcibly recruit comfort women. The opposition party intends to ask the Liberal Democratic Party, which holds a sole majority of the House of Representatives, and other parties for their approval of its plan, aiming at the early adoption….Read more

  • November 4, 2014
  • , Yomiuri
  • JMH Summary

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Doubts about effectiveness of women’s empowerment bill 

The Diet started deliberations on a bill to promote women’s empowerment in the workplace at a plenary session of the House of Representatives on Oct. 31. The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe considers it the centerpiece of the bills it has submitted to the current session. The bill stipulates that corporations will be required to set numerical targets for….Read more

  • November 1, 2014
  • , Asahi
  • JMH Summary

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Casino bill unlikely to be enacted during current Diet session 

Many ruling party members now think it will be difficult to enact the bill to promote the establishment of integrated resorts during the current Diet session. Deliberations on the bill have been suspended since two female ministers stepped down. In addition, many members of the Komeito party are calling for caution on legalizing casino gambling. Attention is now focused on….Read more

  • October 30, 2014
  • , Asahi , p.4
  • JMH Summary

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Idea of dissolving Diet by year’s end suddenly emerging 

Voices calling for dissolving the House of Representatives for a snap election within the year have begun to be heard in the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In the wake of the resignation of two cabinet ministers, showcase appointments in the cabinet shuffle in September, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and other opposition parties have spent their entire….Read more

  • October 28, 2022
  • , Sankei , p.3
  • JMH Summary
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