Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Diet Clearing Path to Boost Abe's Diplomacy

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Diet Clearing Path to Boost Abe's Diplomacy

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been actively undertaking summit diplomacy thanks to Diet deliberations progressing as smoothly as the ruling parties expected. It looks as if the envisaged Diet reform aiming to help the prime minister and other members of the Cabinet spend more time on diplomacy by reducing their attendance at the Diet has already been achieved.

The fiscal 2014 budget passed the House of Representatives on Feb. 28 and is currently under deliberations at the House of Councillors. The budget is certain to pass the Diet by the end of the current fiscal year ending on March 31 even if the upper house does not approve it because the Constitution stipulates that the budget will be enacted automatically in 30 days after it is sent to the upper house for deliberations.

Based on this, the prime minister plans to attend the Nuclear Security Summit scheduled on March 24 and 25 in The Hague.

The ruling parties are negotiating with the opposition parties on the schedule of Diet deliberations with the aim to pass the fiscal 2014 budget on March 20 "to develop an environment easier for the prime minister to attend" the nuclear summit, said a senior official of the Diet Affairs Committee of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The parties agreed to hold a public hearing on the budget at the upper house on Thursday, which is a precondition to pass it in that chamber.

At the current Diet session, the ruling parties have decided on the schedule of deliberations with priority on the prime minister's trips abroad. For instance, the opening of the current Diet session was scheduled later than usual to make it after Abe attended the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. …

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