In a speech before a Diet devoid of opposition members, Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi called Friday for the creation of a nation in which individuals are not submerged in society but showcase their abilities and help invigorate the country.
The opposition decided to boycott the session to protest the ruling coalition’s strong-arm tactics in pushing through the Lower House a bill to reduce the number of proportional-representation seats.

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