Japan Parliament Session Not to Be Extended

Politics

Tokyo, June 8 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government and ruling coalition have decided against extending the current ordinary session of parliament beyond the scheduled adjournment on June 26, senior officials said Saturday.

Unless Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolves the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, during the session, the triennial election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, is most likely to be held on July 21, with the official campaign period starting on July 4, under rules including those of the public offices election law.

Many of the 57 bills submitted by the government to the ordinary parliamentary session have been approved, including revised legislation to provide free preschool education, which the government pushed as a key policy measure.

Of the pending bills, amendments aimed at preventing child abuse, a priority initiative of Abe, are likely to be approved before the end of the session.

On Friday, the government submitted to parliament a bill to revise the national strategic special zone law in order to realize "super cities" that utilize artificial intelligence, big data and other advanced technologies.

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