Japan Lower House Seen Approving Trade Deal with U.S. Tues.


Tokyo, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan's House of Representatives is now set to vote on a recently announced trade agreement with the United States next Tuesday, it was learned on Wednesday.

The Lower House is seen approving the trade deal by a majority vote, with support from ruling party members. The House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, is expected then to start related deliberations the following day.

The voting date was agreed at a meeting Wednesday of the Diet affairs chiefs of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and two major opposition parties--the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People.

The ruling bloc initially aimed to get the Japan-U.S. trade deal through the Lower House by the end of this week, but it accepted a delay in order to manage overall parliamentary business as smoothly as possible.

"It's important for all parliamentary groups to participate in the vote sending the matter to the Upper House," Hiroshi Moriyama, chairman of the LDP Diet Affairs Committee, told reporters after the meeting with his CDPJ and DPFP counterparts.

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