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Opposition parties on Monday indicated they might be ready to discuss an end to their Diet boycott following a request by prosecutors to strip lawmaker Muneo Suzuki of his parliamentary immunity from arrest.

Because the House of Representatives needs to approve a lawmaker’s arrest while the Diet is in session, the ruling bloc apparently sees the procedure as a good opportunity to talk the opposition into ending the standoff, which began Thursday.

Members of the opposition camp say some concessions, such as a vote on a resolution calling for Suzuki’s resignation, must be made if the ruling camp wants Diet business to return to normal.

Opposition parties’ Diet affairs chiefs have agreed they would attend a Lower House plenary session, likely to be held Wednesday, to vote on whether to approve Suzuki’s arrest over bribery allegations.

Diet affairs chiefs of both the ruling and opposition blocs were expected to hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss the matter.

The boycott followed accusations that senior members of the ruling parties attempted to force the Defense Agency to withhold a full report on the recent information disclosure scandal. The parties leading the boycott are the Democratic Party of Japan, the Liberal Party, the Social Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party.

The confrontation deepened after the ruling bloc rammed through a set of medical bills the following day.

Meanwhile, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda indicated that Suzuki should voluntarily resign from the Diet to take responsibility over the bribery scandal.

“What is clearly different from the previous situation is that investigative authorities are making the accusation (against Suzuki),” he said. “The question is what a lawmaker should do under such circumstances.”

Separately, former LDP Secretary General Hiromu Nonaka, whom Suzuki considered a political mentor, apologized for the turmoil caused by the latest scandal involving Suzuki.

Suzuki is believed to have received the alleged bribes while serving as deputy chief Cabinet secretary under Nonaka, who was then chief Cabinet secretary for the late Keizo Obuchi.

“As the person close to him, I find it regrettable. I am taking the situation seriously and I am sorry,” Nonaka told reporters.

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