LDP's Upper House Reform Bill Clears Committee Vote

Politics

Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--A committee of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of Japan's parliament, voted Wednesday to approve a bill sponsored by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to increase the number of Upper House seats by six from the current 242.

The LDP plans to put the bill to a vote by the full Upper House before the end of the day. The party then hopes to have the House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber, pass it into law by the July 22 end of the ongoing session of parliament.

Komeito, the LDP's junior coalition partner, the Democratic Party for the People and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), have also submitted their own Upper House election system reform bills. A similar bill has been put forward jointly by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Party of Hope.

The Komeito bill was voted down at a meeting of the Upper House Special Committee on Political Ethics and Election System on Monday.

On Wednesday, the Upper House panel rejected by a majority vote a no-confidence motion against its chairman, Hiroo Ishii of the LDP, submitted by opposition parties, including the Democratic Party for the People.

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