Japan Extra Diet Session Unlikely to Be Extended

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's government and ruling camp are planning not to extend the current extraordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, which is scheduled to end on Dec. 9, sources in the administration said Thursday.

Enacting important bills, including one to ratify a recently signed Japan-U.S. trade agreement, without extending the session is possible, the sources said, adding that an extension is unnecessary also because the ruling bloc has given up on passing a controversial bill to amend the national referendum law during the ongoing session.

"In principle, there's no need to extend the extraordinary session once the trade pact ratification bill is passed," a senior official of Komeito, the coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said. "The Diet session won't be extended unless a very urgent issue comes up," an LDP official in charge of parliamentary affairs said.

The House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, launched full-fledged debates on the trade bill on Thursday, at its Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, after the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, passed it on Tuesday.

"The bill is highly likely to be enacted" during the current term of the extraordinary session, Hiroshige Seko, a senior LDP lawmaker in the Upper House, said in the recording of a television program on Thursday. "It's fully possible for the Diet to pass other key bills" before the currently scheduled end of the ongoing session, he added.

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