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Opposition parties renew demand that Abe open Diet to answer for scandals


Opposition parties renew demand that Abe open Diet to answer for scandals
The Japan Times

Dismayed at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s inaction, the opposition camp on Thursday repeated its petition to his Cabinet to call an extraordinary Diet session and urged the leader to take responsibility for appointing gaffe-prone Defense Minister Tomomi Inada.Thursday’s move by opposition parties followed a similar request lodged with Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima last week.Invoking Article 53 of the Constitution, the opposition â the Democratic Party, Japanese Communist Party, Liberal Party and Social Democratic Party â has demanded that the Abe Cabinet swiftly convene a Diet session to publicly explain a series of scandals plaguing the administration.But the request has so far fallen on deaf ears.The opposition argues that Abe’s apparent unwillingness to reopen the Diet runs counter to a promise earlier this month to “sincerely fulfill” his responsibility to explain the ongoing Kake Gakuen scandal â in which he allegedly exerted influence to hasten the opening of a new veterinary department at a university run by his close friend.

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