Japan Ruling, Opposition Parties Agree to Normalize Diet Biz


Tokyo, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling and opposition parties agreed Friday to normalize parliamentary operations, which have remained stalled since Thursday's resignation of Katsuyuki Kawai as justice minister over an alleged election law violation.

The agreement was reached at a meeting of parliamentary affairs chiefs of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and two opposition parties--the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People.

As requested by the opposition camp, intensive Budget Committee deliberations will be held in the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, on Wednesday and in the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, on Nov. 8.

Friday's meeting of the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee, where a question-and-answer session on a bill to ratify a recently signed Japan-U.S. trade deal was planned to be held, has been canceled. The LDP plans to give up on its goal to put the bill to a vote by the end of next week.

Tuesday's joint committee review of the bill is expected to be put off to Thursday. Thus, the LDP now aims to have the bill obtain an approval at the committee level on Nov. 13 and pass the Lower House on the following day.

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