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Opposition parties submitted a resolution to the Diet on Tuesday to remove a senior ruling lawmaker as chairwoman of the Upper House Environment Committee because she extended a visit to China in April without their consensus, leading the committee to cancel a session.

The opposition-controlled Upper House is expected to pass the resolution by Thursday. It calls for Yoriko Kawaguchi, a Liberal Democratic Party member, to be dismissed as head of the committee. It would be the first such dismissal ever.

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