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This year’s Diet session will start Jan. 19 and run through June 16, possibly without an extension, making it almost certain the House of Councilors election will be held July 11, ruling coalition lawmakers said Tuesday.

The Diet schedule was agreed upon during a meeting of the government and ruling coalition. It is set to be formalized by the Cabinet on Friday after it is approved by the opposition parties at Thursday’s steering committee meetings of both chambers.

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