Abe to open ordinary Diet session on Jan. 20

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks during his New Year’s visit to Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, on Wednesday.

Jiji Press ISE, Mie (Jiji Press) — The Diet will be convened into an ordinary session on Jan. 20, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday.

Abe unveiled the schedule during a press conference held after his New Year’s visit to Ise Jingu, a major Shinto shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture.

“The economy will remain my top policy priority this year,” Abe said.

“To get the Japanese economy out of deflation, I’ll continue to shoot the ‘three arrows,’” Abe said, referring to the drastic monetary easing, bold fiscal stimulus and growth strategies implemented under his Abenomics economic policy mix.

On the issue of the Emperor’s possible abdication, Abe said, “It’s an extremely crucial issue that needs to be addressed for the future and we must never make political capital out of it.”

Elsewhere during the press conference, Abe said he has never this year thought about dissolving the House of Representatives for a snap election.Speech

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