The Lower House of Japan's Diet has approved a draft for a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year.
The draft budget, totaling more than 27 billion dollars, includes funds to reinforce infrastructure such as river embankments and roads to enable them to withstand natural disasters. It also aims to make schools earthquake-resistant.
Before the vote in a Lower House plenary session on Tuesday, members of the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party noted that critics claim Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policy is fake by just pointing to problems in surveys for government statistics. The LDP members said such claims are completely unreasonable, and that the Diet should quickly approve the supplementary budget because it is critical to the people's daily lives.
The opposition Constitutional Democratic Party argued that they cannot tell whether the budget is valid or not because Prime Minister Abe cannot answer whether workers' real wages last year were up or down, year-on-year.
The draft was then approved with the support of the LDP, Komeito, Nippon Ishin Japan Innovation Party, the Party of Hope, and others. It was then sent to the Upper House.
The Upper House Budget Committee will deliberate the bill on Wednesday and Thursday. The ruling bloc hopes to have an Upper House plenary session approve the bill by the end of Thursday.