Upcoming Diet Session May See Fewest Bills under Current Constitution

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 21 (Jiji Press)--The number of bills handled by the Diet in its ordinary session may hit the lowest level under Japan's post-World War II constitution this year, as the government is working to narrow down the list of legislation it will introduce, ahead of a House of Councillors election this summer.

The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to postpone potentially contentious bills, as well as low-priority ones, until this autumn or later, while aiming to get enacted without fail bills that it will submit, in order to highlight their enactment during the ruling parties' campaigns.

There have been only two ordinary sessions with fewer than 60 bills since the war, except those in which the House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber of the Diet, was dissolved for snap elections.

The 98th and 190th sessions, convened in late 1982 and 2016, respectively, dealt with 58 and 56 bills, and were each followed by Upper House polls.

In 1983, the political calendar featured both the rest of the 98th session and unified local elections, which will also take place this year.

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