Japan Lower House OKs Controversial Work Style Reform Bill

Politics

Tokyo, May 31 (Jiji Press)--Japan's House of Representatives on Thursday passed a controversial work style reform bill, making it almost certain that the measure will be enacted during the ongoing parliamentary session.

At a plenary meeting, the lower chamber of the Diet approved the bill by a majority vote with support mainly from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito. Among opposition parties, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) and the Party of Hope voted for the bill.

The ruling camp plans to initiate deliberations on the bill at the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, on Monday.

Discussions are under way to extend the Diet session, which is currently scheduled to end on June 20, for around 20 days until early July.

The bill is designed mainly to introduce penalty-attached overtime restrictions, including a monthly cap set at 100 hours.

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