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(Update) Ruling, Opposition Camps Face Off as Extra Diet Session Starts

(Update) Ruling, Opposition Camps Face Off as Extra Diet Session Starts

   Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--An extraordinary session of the Diet, Japan's parliament, commenced on Friday, setting the stage for full-fledged debates between the ruling and opposition camps following last month's cabinet reshuffle conducted after the July election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet.
   An opening ceremony, attended by Emperor Naruhito, was held at the Upper House chamber in the early afternoon. "I sincerely hope that the Diet will answer to citizens by fulfilling its role as the highest organ of state power in handling various domestic and international issues," the Emperor said in a speech.
   A major focus of the 200th Diet session, which will run for 67 days until Dec. 9, is whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, can advance discussions for revising the Constitution, his long-held policy goal.
   New opposition caucuses formed by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Democratic Party for the People and others are poised to take on a confrontational stance against the LDP-led ruling bloc.
   "Let's start talking about how our country's Constitution should be in the new era of Reiwa," Abe said at a meeting of LDP lawmakers in both chambers of the Diet on Friday. "In the Diet session, we should work on putting what we've promised into action."

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