• Kyodo News


The ruling and main opposition parties agreed Thursday to hold an extraordinary Diet session from July 30 to Aug. 6, following the July 11 House of Councilors election, lawmakers said.

As the ruling coalition lost its Upper House majority in the election, Prime Minister Naoto Kan will likely face difficulty in passing legislation, although his Democratic Party of Japan retains its dominance in the more powerful House of Representatives.

The upcoming Diet schedule was finalized between the DPJ and the Liberal Democratic Party, the main opposition force.

Key debates are expected on Aug. 2 and 3 in the Lower House and Aug. 4 and 5 in the upper chamber.

Meanwhile, DPJ lawmakers said the party is considering postponing its party presidential election for about a week from the initially planned date of Sept. 5.

The ruling party is now eyeing holding the leadership election on Sept. 11 or 12, the lawmakers said.

With the delay, the start of an extraordinary Diet session will also be postponed until late September from the originally planned Sept. 13, they said.

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