Japan Diet Session Ends; Upper House Poll Set for July 21

Politics

Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)--This year's 150-day regular session of the Diet, Japan's parliament, ended on Wednesday while the government set a triennial election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, for July 21.

Both the ruling and opposition parties are now poised to launch full-fledged preparations for the Upper House election, with less than a month to go before the crucial political event. The official campaigning period will kick off on July 4.

The election date was decided at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

"At stake in the Upper House election is whether Japan can steadily move forward in the new era of Reiwa and whether we can make Japan a country in which people can have hopes for the future," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a meeting of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Reiwa started on May 1, when new Emperor Naruhito assumed the throne.

Among the bills enacted during the ordinary Diet session were an amendment to the child-rearing support law to make kindergarten and nursery services free of charge and a revision to legislation aimed at strengthening measures against child abuse.

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