Policy Radar October 2019

Being closed for now almost 4 months, the ruling coalition plans to convene an extraordinary Diet session on the 4th of October. Prime Minister Abe is set to deliver a policy speech on the opening day, this being the first time the newly established Cabinet (explored below) has an opportunity to face parliamentary scrutiny. Extraordinary sessions are shorter than ordinary ones, and in this occasion, it is expected that the session lasts until the 10th of December. The Government has the intention of submitting something between 15 to 20 bills during this session (more than last year’s record low of 13), including reforms to company laws, ratification of the newly signed U.S trade deal, an amendment to the National Strategic Special Zone Law in order to create “super cities” (scrapped last year due to insufficient coordination between the LDP and Komeito) and, probably, matters pertaining to the building of Integrated Resorts.