public policy

Policy Radar November 2019

The current extraordinary session is to last until December 9th, running for 67 days. While the focus has remained in preparations for the Emperor’s enthronement ceremony and the damages caused by the typhoon, the Diet started its session with the PM’s calls to advance a social welfare system that will provide security to all generations — from young children to the old. The Government will submit legislation dealing with reforms to corporate laws, the ratification of the U.S trade deal, and an amendment to the National Strategic Special Zone Law to create “super cities”. The ruling parties will push forward for amendment to the referendum law, echoing the Government’s wish to push for serious parliamentary debate over constitutional revision. Due to the opposition parties boycotting talks on constitutional revision, there was an appeal for the Prime Minister to call for a snap election, now seen unlikely by both Komeito and LDP lawmakers in order to take care of supplementary budget allocations for the reconstruction efforts in typhoon damaged-areas.

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.