Councilors snub bill on vote gap fix
Japan Times -- Jun 22
In an act of protest, the opposition-controlled House of Councilors on Friday refused to vote on a bill to rectify the unconstitutional vote-value disparity in the House of Representatives and sent it back to the lower chamber.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and junior coalition partner New Komeito, which hold a two-thirds majority in the Lower House, pledged to pass the bill again as early as Monday.

Five days before the end of the Diet session, the standoff between the ruling and opposition camps appeared to be devolving into another round of withering "power game" politics.

Although the ruling camp had pushed to put the bill to a vote Friday, the Upper House Steering Committee, controlled by the opposition, declined to vote, claiming there wasn't enough time for deliberation.

国会は、衆議院小選挙区の「0増5減」にともなう区割り法案の扱いをめぐって、与野党­の溝が埋まらず、21日の参議院本会議での採決が見送られた。
Sep 23
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Sep 23
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given up hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Japan this fall, but hopes to hold talks with him during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum's summit in Beijing in November, Japanese government sources said Monday. (Kyodo)
Sep 22
Poisonous mushrooms mistakenly sold at a highway rest area in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, have caused food poisoning to at least two people, the Shiga Prefectural Government said Sunday. (Japan Times)
Sep 22
Two of Japan's small opposition parties merged and launched a new political party Sunday, the country's third largest, in a bid to stir political realignment. (Kyodo)
Sep 21
Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 industrial and developing economies agreed Sunday to take additional measures to ensure meeting their commitment to a growth target amid increasing risks. (Kyodo)
Sep 23
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Sep 22
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Sep 22
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Sep 22
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Sep 22
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Sep 21
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Sep 21
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Sep 20
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Sep 19
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Sep 19
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