Japan Govt Plans Start of Diet Session on Jan. 20

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 13 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government and ruling bloc plan to convene next year's ordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, on Jan. 20, multiple senior ruling bloc officials said Friday.

The date will be officially decided after the schedule for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned trip to the Middle East in mid-January is confirmed.

The administration and ruling bloc, led by the Liberal Democratic Party, will seek to pass the fiscal 2019 supplementary budget during January. The extra budget will finance measures to shore up the economy after the Oct. 1 consumption tax hike and reconstruction projects following recent typhoon disasters.

They are also looking to quickly enact a national referendum law amendment, a prerequisite for going ahead with discussions on revising the Constitution.

The opposition camp, including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, is expected to use opportunities such as budget committee meetings in the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, to continue grilling the Abe administration on a scandal involving government-funded cherry blossom-viewing parties hosted by the prime minister.

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