As the world was consumed this week by a nail-biting wait for results in the United States presidential election, the Diet witnessed its own showdown between Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and opposition lawmakers, with the two sides clashing primarily over his rejection of Science Council of Japan nominees.

The parliamentary battleground has consisted of budget committee debates in both houses of the Diet, following three days of questioning by representatives last week.

In the four-day debate sessions attended by the prime minister and Cabinet ministers, the opposition, as expected, continued to slam the administration over its refusal to admit six scholars to the advisory body.