Extraordinary Diet session convened
Japan's extraordinary Diet session has been convened, the first since the ruling Democratic Party-led coalition lost its majority in the recent Upper House election.
Takeo Nishioka of the Democratic Party, the largest party in the chamber, was elected as the new Upper House President on Friday. Hidehisa Otsuji of the Liberal Democratic Party, the second largest party, became the Vice President.
Nishioka said he will work for fair and smooth management of the Upper House. He said he will do his utmost to ensure that it fulfills its role under the 2 chamber system.
Otsuji said it is very important for the Upper House to meet its responsibilities, and he will do his best in his new post.
A key post went to an opposition lawmaker as the ruling coalition no longer holds a majority. The LDP's Seiji Suzuki was elected as the head of the Upper House Steering Committee.
The extraordinary session will be held until August 6th. The Lower House will formally decide the length of the term on Friday afternoon.