FOCUS: Japan Diet Session Seen Centering on Constitution, New Ministers


Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)--With the Diet, Japan's parliament, set to kick off an extraordinary session on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims for progress in debates on constitutional amendments based on a draft proposal compiled by his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Opposition parties are expected to grill the Abe government over whether first-time ministers who joined his cabinet in a major reshuffle early this month are qualified for their positions, analysts said. Among their targets is regional revitalization minister Satsuki Katayama.

This will be the first Diet session since the new Abe cabinet was launched on Oct. 2.

During the 48-day session through Dec. 10, the ruling and opposition parties are expected to hold heated debates in the run-up to the election next year for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet.

Abe will deliver his policy speech on the opening day of the session. Question-and-answer sessions on the speech are expected to be held for three days from Oct. 29, after the prime minister returns from a three-day visit to China on Saturday.

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