The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, the Komeito Party, plan to put contentious security bills to a vote in the lower house by Thursday, although the opposition is planning to block any vote.
The bills have been debated for more than 100 hours since May 26, Fuji TV reported. The government wants the bills passed in the lower house so they can then be sent to the upper house where the ruling parties have a majority.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants the bills enacted before the extended Diet session ends on Sept 27.
On Friday, two alternative versions of the bills were submitted to the lower house committee for deliberation, co-sponsored by the opposition Democratic Party and the Japan Innovation Party.
Meanwhile, Katsuya Okada, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), said Sunday the opposition parties must unite to block a vote on the bills this week, Fuji reported. He denounced the government for trying to ram a bill through the lower house without regarding the views of opposition parties.© Japan Today