Ruling Bloc Poised to Push Foreign Workers Bill through Lower House Tues.

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling coalition is set to push a foreign workers bill through the House of Representatives on Tuesday, while the opposition camp is eyeing a no-confidence motion against Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita.

On Monday, Yasuhiro Hanashi of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party used his authority as chairman of the Lower House Committee on Judicial Affairs to schedule a committee vote on the bill on Tuesday. The ruling bloc aims to have the amendment bill to the immigration control law gain approval at a plenary meeting of the house within the same day.

Earlier on Monday, the LDP, its coalition partner, Komeito, and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) agreed some revisions to the bill, designed to expand the country's acceptance of foreign workers.

"The environment is becoming ready for a vote," Hiroshi Moriyama, Diet affairs chief of the LDP, told reporters.

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and other opposition parties made a request to Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima on the same day to hold thorough deliberations on the bill. In response, Oshima said only that he expects the handling of the bill to be discussed at the committee.

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