Q&A sessions for Diet policy speeches to begin Jan 26
Wednesday 19th January, 03:47 AM JST
The ruling Democratic Party of Japan and its coalition partner, the People’s New Party, agreed Tuesday to hold question and answer sessions in parliament beginning Jan 26 in response to key policy speeches by Prime Minister Naoto Kan and three other cabinet ministers, lawmakers of the parties said.
Kan, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Economy and Fiscal Policy Minister Kaoru Yosano will make policy addresses next Monday when the regular Diet session is set to convene.
Interpellations in connection with their speeches will be held on Jan 26 and 27 at the House of Representatives and on Jan 27 and 28 at the House of Councillors.
The ruling parties then hope to begin deliberations on a draft budget for fiscal 2011 on Jan 31.
The schedule was decided at a meeting between Jun Azumi, the DPJ’s Diet affairs chief, and his PNP counterpart, Mikio Shimoji.