• Japan Diet to resume after policy speech update

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    TOKYO (Japan Times): Opposition and ruling-party lawmakers overcame a deadlock Monday by agreeing to resume Diet deliberations, which had ground to a halt when Akira Amari quit his Cabinet post last week over a graft scandal. The Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition, after talks with the opposition parties, agreed to the latter’s demand that newly appointed economic minister Nobuteru Ishihara deliver a policy speech. Opposition lawmakers had argued the policy speech delivered by Amari on January 22, which they boycotted, was no longer valid in the wake of his resignation last Thursday amid graft allegations. The opposition had refused to allow the Lower House Budget Committee to convene unless Ishihara gave his own policy speech.

    TNS

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