LDP, Komeito confirm cooperation over work bill

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito confirmed Wednesday that they will work together to enact work style reform legislation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives top priority to.

The two parties confirmed their cooperation at a meeting of their secretaries general and Diet affairs chiefs ahead of an ordinary session of the Diet from Jan. 22.

The officials also agreed to work for the early passage of a fiscal 2017 supplementary budget and the fiscal 2018 initial budget.

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and five other opposition parties held a meeting of their Diet affairs chiefs.

They agreed to demand that the House of Representatives Committee on Security meet ahead of the ordinary Diet session, in order to discuss recent U.S. helicopter emergency landings in Okinawa Prefecture.

During the ruling bloc meeting, Komeito Secretary General Yoshihisa Inoue stressed the need to enact promptly a basic bill to tackle gambling addiction.

On allegations that a then secretary of LDP lawmaker Jiro Hatoyama last year applied pressure on National Tax Agency officials over a tax inspection of a company linked to the secretary, the ruling party officials agreed that Hatoyama should fulfill his accountability.

Later, the LDP and CDPJ Diet affairs chiefs had talks and concurred in continuing work to hold Diet debates between Abe and other party leaders after the total absence of such debates last year.

They also agreed to hold a meeting of Diet affairs chiefs from the ruling and opposition camps on Friday.

The LDP is slated to propose reducing the allocation of questioning time in the Diet to opposition parties and the frequency of Abe’s attendance at Diet meetings.

“Any change to Diet practices should be fully discussed,” LDP parliamentary affairs head Hiroshi Moriyama told reporters.Speech

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