Japan Diet Convenes for 5-Day Extra Session


Tokyo, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--The Diet, Japan's parliament, convened on Thursday for a five-day extraordinary session, following the July 21 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber.

At a plenary meeting in the morning, the Upper House elected Akiko Santo, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, as its president, and Toshio Ogawa of the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan as vice president.

In the afternoon, the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber, will hold a plenary meeting to allocate seats to its members and set up special committees.

An opening ceremony will then be held with the attendance of Emperor Naruhito, who will give his first speech at the Diet since he ascended the throne on May 1.

No debate on legislation will be held during the session. Full-fledged deliberations will take place at a separate extraordinary Diet session, seen starting in October.

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