Ruling Bloc to Push FY 2019 Budget through Lower House Fri. Night

Politics

Tokyo, March 1 (Jiji Press)--The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, are set to force the fiscal 2019 budget bill through the House of Representatives as early as Friday night, in order to secure enactment of the budget by the March 31 end of fiscal 2018.

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and other opposition parties protest the ruling coalition-set budget enactment schedule, stressing that the Lower House has not thoroughly scrutinized a high-profile survey scandal involving the labor ministry.

The opposition camp introduced a no-confidence motion against labor minister Takumi Nemoto on Friday morning, but it was voted down at a plenary meeting of the Lower House in the late afternoon.

The fiscal 2019 budget bill calls for record general-account spending of 101,457.1 billion yen, including on stimulus measures to soften the impact of the planned consumption tax hike in October.

The budget will automatically be enacted 30 days after its passage through the Lower House, regardless of related proceedings in the House of Councillors, due to the lower chamber's constitutional superiority over the upper chamber.

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