No Debate between Abe, Opposition Heads during Ongoing Session

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--No direct debate between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and opposition leaders is now expected to take place during the ongoing session of parliament through Dec. 9.

The ruling coalition is reluctant to hold such a debate as it is eager to contain a high-profile scandal involving an annual prime minister-hosted cherry blossom-viewing party.

The opposition camp, meanwhile, is hoping to hold intensive deliberations on the controversial government-funded cherry blossom party in the budget committees of both parliamentary chambers, rather than a 45-minute debate with the prime minister.

"It's not a matter that can be finished (through a short debate)," Jun Azumi, parliamentary affairs chief of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, told reporters on Wednesday. "Only intensive deliberations are acceptable," he stressed.

"We'll make every effort to hold intensive deliberations" in the budget committees, Japanese Communist Party parliamentary affairs chief Keiji Kokuta told a press conference the same day.

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