Japan's Extra Budget for FY 2018 Enacted

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Diet, Japan's parliament, on Wednesday enacted the government's fiscal 2018 supplementary budget designed mainly to finance reconstruction projects in areas hit by a series of natural disasters.

The government and the ruling camp, led by the Liberal Democratic Party, will now shift their focus to a key bill to revise the immigration control law and create new residence status in order to allow Japan to accept more foreign workers, sources familiar with the situation said.

The 935.6-billion-yen extra budget for the current fiscal year through March was approved unanimously at a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, following its passage by the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, on Friday.

At a meeting on Wednesday morning, the secretaries-general and Diet affairs chiefs of the LDP and its coalition partner, Komeito, affirmed a policy of starting discussions on the immigration control amendment bill in the Lower House on Tuesday in efforts for enactment during the ongoing extraordinary Diet session through Dec. 10.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Hiroshi Moriyama, chairman of the LDP's Diet Affairs Committee, said that the LDP is not considering an extension of the Diet session at all.

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