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(Update 2) Japan Govt Gives Up Prosecutor Bill This Diet Session

(Update 2) Japan Govt Gives Up Prosecutor Bill This Diet Session

   Tokyo, May 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government decided on Monday to give up seeking enactment of a controversial prosecutor law revision during the ongoing session of the Diet, the nation's parliament.
   The decision, prompted by mounting public criticism, was relayed to Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
   The move is seen as a blow to the government's political momentum. The Abe administration intends to focus on measures against the COVID-19 crisis for now, and to tackle the amendment, designed to raise the retirement age for prosecutors, at an extraordinary Diet session expected to be convened in autumn, after the current session ends on June 17, informed sources said.
   The revision is part of a package of legislation aimed at raising the retirement age for national public servants. It includes a provision that would allow the cabinet to grant tenure extensions of up to three years at its discretion for senior prosecutors, including the prosecutor-general, beyond the statutory retirement ages.
   Opposition parties claim that the amendment might lead to arbitrary personnel decisions by the government. They also accuse the government of attempting to justify retrospectively an unprecedented cabinet decision in late January to delay the retirement of Hiromu Kurokawa, head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, who is believed to be close to the Abe administration.

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