Japan Ruling Bloc to Call Extra Diet Session on Oct. 4


Tokyo, Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan's government and Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition decided Wednesday to convene the Diet, the country's parliament, for an extraordinary session from Oct. 4, a senior LDP official said.

The ruling side informed opposition parties of the decision on Wednesday, according to the official. The LDP and its Komeito ally hope to have the extraordinary session run for about two months until around Dec. 10.

The LDP and Komeito are expected to clash with the opposition side over the consumption tax hike, social security reform and Japan-U.S. trade negotiations. This will be the first Diet session since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet on Sept. 11, and opposition lawmakers are expected to grill untested new ministers.

On the opening day of the session, Abe is expected to deliver a policy speech at plenary meetings of both chambers of the Diet. Question-and-answer sessions for the policy speech are slated to be held Oct. 7-9.

The government plans to submit about 20 bills during the session, including one to revise a special law on pay for public school teachers to reflect work style reform for them and an amendment to the companies law to oblige large corporations to have outside directors. A bill to ratify an envisioned trade agreement between Japan and the United States is also expected to be submitted.

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