The government decided at a Cabinet meeting Friday to convene an ordinary Diet session Jan. 20 for a 150-day run through June 18, government officials said.

Lawmakers are expected to address war contingency and personal data protection bills as well as industrial revival legislation, in addition to the fiscal 2002 supplementary budget and the fiscal 2003 budget.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda said after the Cabinet meeting that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s government considers it important to win early passage of the budgets.

The government and the three-way ruling coalition expect Finance Minister Masajuro Shiokawa to deliver a fiscal policy speech Jan. 20 in a bid to have the supplementary budget pass on Jan. 30.

Koizumi is expected to make his policy speech to the Diet on Jan. 31.

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