• Kyodo News


The fiscal 2010 budget is expected to clear the Diet by the end of the fiscal year in March, as the ruling and opposition camps agreed Friday to hold a Tuesday vote in the Lower House.

The largest-ever budget, totaling ¥92.30 trillion, for a fiscal year starting April 1 is expected to clear the Lower House during Tuesday’s plenary session with endorsement from the Democratic Party of Japan-led ruling camp, which holds an overwhelming majority.

It is thus certain the budget will clear the Diet by the end of March, as the Constitution stipulates that budgets clear the Diet automatically even if a vote is not held in the House of Councilors within 30 days after being sent to the chamber.

The accord to hold the Tuesday vote was reached Friday afternoon in a meeting of Diet affairs chiefs from the DPJ, the Liberal Democratic Party, the main opposition force, as well as New Komeito.

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