Battle Heats Up over Foreign Workers Bill ahead of Diet's End

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)--The battle between the ruling and opposition parties intensified on Thursday over a bill aimed at allowing Japan to accept more foreign workers.

At a meeting of the Judicial Affairs Committee of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the ruling coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party proposed taking a vote on the bill at the committee after its deliberation the same day. The ruling camp aims to enact the amendment bill to the immigration control law on Friday.

But major opposition parties, including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, rejected the proposal, calling for spending more time on debating the legislation in the Diet.

To block the passage of the controversial bill during the current Diet session, scheduled to end on Monday, the opposition parties submitted a motion to dismiss Shinichi Yokoyama, chairman of the committee. They are also considering introducing a censure against Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita and a no-confidence motion against the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The bill cleared the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, on Nov. 27, by a majority vote with support mainly from the LDP and its coalition partner, Komeito, as well as Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), after deliberating it for only some 17 hours.

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