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Early Jan. Start Eyed for Japan Regular Diet Session

Early Jan. Start Eyed for Japan Regular Diet Session

   Tokyo, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)--Some in Japan's government and ruling Liberal Democratic Party are considering convening next year's regular session of the Diet, the country's parliament, in early January, earlier than in usual years.
   Specific dates under study for the opening of the Diet session include Jan. 8 and Jan. 12, sources familiar with the matter said.
   The planned earlier start is for quickly enacting a fiscal 2020 third supplementary state budget for financing additional measures aimed at cushioning the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus crisis, according to the sources.
   It also appears that the move is intended to leave room for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to dissolve the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, at the outset of the regular Diet session for a snap general election, thereby keeping a check on the opposition side.
   At a meeting Tuesday with Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato and LDP Acting Secretary-General Motoo Hayashi, Hiroshi Moriyama, the party's Diet affairs chief, said that he wants to have a third extra budget enacted early and implement it within January. The three agreed on the need to convene the regular Diet session at an early date.

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