Jan. 28 Eyed for Japan's Ordinary Diet Session Start

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to convene the ordinary session of the Diet, Japan's parliament, on Jan. 28, informed sources said Tuesday.

The government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are in final talks to fix the opening day, Koichi Hagiuda, executive acting secretary-general of the LDP, told a press conference the same day.

According to the sources, the Diet session will start after Abe finishes planned overseas trips.

Abe could be in Britain and the Netherlands on Jan. 9-11 for talks with leaders there including British Prime Minister Theresa May. He also plans to visit Russia for peace treaty negotiations with President Vladimir Putin before or after attending the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which will take place in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22-25.

Some ruling coalition lawmakers demand the Diet be called into session on Jan. 25 so that the second supplementary budget for fiscal 2018 through March can be enacted early to fund disaster prevention measures.

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