Diet enacts record ¥106.61 trillion budget for fiscal 2021

Business Mar 26, 2021

Diet enacts record ¥106.61 trillion budget for fiscal 2021

The Diet on Friday enacted a record ¥106.61 trillion budget for fiscal 2021 to finance steps to mitigate the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic as well as rising social security and defense costs, once again forgoing fiscal consolidation. The House of Councilors passed the budget ...

Japan to cut lawmakers' pay by 20 percent amid virus crisis

National Apr 14, 2020

Japan to cut lawmakers' pay by 20 percent amid virus crisis

Senior Japanese ruling party and opposition officials agreed Tuesday to reduce lawmakers' salaries by 20 percent for a year as part of efforts to overcome the novel coronavirus crisis. The accord was reached at a meeting between Hiroshi Moriyama, Diet affairs chief of the governing ...

Diet faces obstacles to online voting amid outbreak

National / Politics Apr 13, 2020

Diet faces obstacles to online voting amid outbreak

Moves to introduce remote work for Diet members amid the coronavirus outbreak are failing to gain momentum due to constitutional constraints and technical reasons. Diet sessions fall into the three risky situations — enclosed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings — that the government is ...