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Upper House rejects esympathy budgetf

 

At the meeting of the House of Councilors Foreign Relations and Security Committee on April 24, opposition parties, including the Japanese Communist, Democratic, and Social Democratic parties, voted down the so-called gsympathy budgeth bill to extend the Japan-U.S. special agreement to have Japan continue to pay for the stationing of U.S. forces in Japan for another three years.

 

This is the first time that a House of the Diet rejected a treaty under the present Japanese Constitution.

 

At the House of Councilors Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, JCP representative Inoue Satoshi emphasized, gThe new agreement is unacceptable because it even violates the principle of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement that provides that expenses of the U.S. bases in Japan should be paid by the U.S.h

 

Criticizing the government for reducing government expenditures for improving living standards and for introducing the discriminatory medical system for the elderly aged 75 and over, Inoue said, gThe government is giving esympathyf to the wrong party.h

- Akahata, April 25, 2008

 

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The House of Representatives on April 25 exercised the constitutional right to override the House of Councilors decision in order to approve the special agreement by a two-thirds majority.

- Akahata, April 26 2008 



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