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Ruling party finally makes IR bill push

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has finally put passage of the IR Implementation Bill near the very top of its legislative agenda, as evident in comments made Saturday by Hiroshi Moriyama, the ruling party’s Diet affairs policy chairman.

“It is important to enact this bill at costs,” Moriyama said of the IR legislation. “As discussion has begun in the House of Representatives, we must sent the bill to the House of Councillors as soon as possible and have it enacted in the current Diet session.”

Debate on the IR Implementation Bill began in the House of Representatives Cabinet Committee near the end of Friday’s session. It was also discussed last Tuesday in a plenary session of the House of Representatives.

The Ordinary Diet Session is scheduled to conclude on June 20, but the ruling party has raised the possibility of extending the session for a week or so if necessary to pass the IR legislation.

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