Extraordinary Diet Session Wraps Up

Extraordinary Diet session wraps up

The latest extraordinary session of Japan's Diet wrapped up on Monday after the ruling camp voted against an extension proposed by the opposition in the Lower House.

Opposition parties also decided not to submit a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

He has been under fire due to a controversy over an annual state-sponsored cherry blossom viewing party.

The Diet affairs chiefs of the main ruling and opposition parties agreed the government will provide an explanation about the issue before the next ordinary session begins in January.

Procedures to carry over deliberations to the next session were also completed in the plenary sessions of both houses on Monday, including for a bill that would revise legislation for national referendums.

The latest extraordinary session passed 14 of 15 government-sponsored bills, including for a new Japan-US trade deal. But debates over constitutional reforms failed to advance due to divisions between the ruling and opposition camps.

One-on-one debates between Abe and opposition leaders did not take place during the session.