Japan Diet Likely to Be Called into Extra Session on Oct. 4

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)--The government and the ruling coalition are working on the idea of starting an extraordinary session of the Diet, Japan's parliament, on Oct. 4, informed sources said Thursday.

The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling camp, led by Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, find it difficult to call the Diet into a session in September because Abe plans to reshuffle the cabinet and the LDP leadership in the middle of the month and then fly to New York to attend the annual U.N. General Assembly session, the sources said.

To secure sufficient deliberation time, the session, expected to end in mid-December, needs to be started as soon as Abe returns home because the Diet business is likely to be recessed for days around the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" ceremony on Oct. 22 to proclaim the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, they added.

During the upcoming session, the LDP aims to enact a pending bill to revise the national referendum law and put forward its draft amendments to the Constitution, including one to clarify the constitutionality of the Self-Defense Forces.

Other focal points would be revisions to the special law on schoolteachers' pay, including the creation of a system to allow teachers to take more summer holidays if they work long hours during busy times, and to the postal law to end ordinary mail delivery on Saturdays.

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