Due to the Diet’s state of confusion, there is no predicting when a bill will be enacted to float bonds to cover some 40 percent of the fiscal 2012 budget. If this situation continues, it is inevitable that people’s lives will be seriously impacted in a negative manner. The public’s trust in the legislature is at stake. Both the ruling and opposition camps should make compromises to allow the bill to be enacted as quickly as possible.

The Democratic Party of Japan hopes to start an extraordinary Diet session in late October. Although it asked the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito to cooperate, they are reluctant to do so because the government and the DPJ won’t clarify when the Lower House will be dissolved for a general election.

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