Komeito Vows to Cut Lawmakers' Pay by 10 Pct

Politics

Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)--Ruling coalition partner Komeito promised Wednesday to cut Japanese lawmakers' salaries by 10 pct as part of its pledge for the House of Councillors election next month.

"Lawmakers should make sacrifices" before the planned consumption tax hike from 8 pct to 10 pct in October, Komeito chief Natsuo Yamaguchi told a press conference.

Members of both chambers of the Diet, Japan's parliament, are paid 1,294,000 yen a month.

The party's campaign pledge also includes rises in the minimum wage to at least 1,000 yen per hour in more than half of the country's 47 prefectures by the middle of 2020 and in the lump-sum birth allowance paid by the public medical insurance scheme from 420,000 yen to 500,000 yen.

Yamaguchi said his party does not deny the necessity of constitutional revision.

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