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Japan Govt May Skip Extraordinary Diet Session

Japan Govt May Skip Extraordinary Diet Session

   Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan's government and ruling parties are considering not holding an extraordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, this autumn, it has been learned.
   The move is partly seen as an attempt to deprive opposition parties of an opportunity to grill the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is facing mounting criticism.
   Some also noted that the government has set aside enough reserve funds to do without a Diet session even if a second wave of coronavirus infections hits the country.
   Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference on Friday that the government has yet to determine whether to convene an extraordinary Diet session in autumn, saying, "This year's regular Diet session just ended, so nothing has been decided."
   But a senior government official said that there is no need for an extraordinary Diet session as two fiscal 2020 supplementary budgets with general-account spending totaling 57 trillion yen were enacted. An unprecedented 10 trillion yen in reserve funds that can be used by the government at its own discretion has been earmarked under the second supplementary budget.

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