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Opposition parties agreed Monday with the ruling bloc to resume Diet deliberations that had been delayed following the resignation last week of Akira Amari as economy minister amid a fund scandal, senior lawmakers said.

In line with the agreement, Nobuteru Ishihara, who succeeded Amari as minister of economic and fiscal policy, will speak on economic policy Tuesday at plenary sessions of both houses of the Diet where subsequent questioning will also be held.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, head of the Liberal Democratic Party, will attend the plenary sessions.

The House of Representatives Budget Committee will begin debate on fiscal 2016 budget Tuesday with the government explaining an outline of the fiscal 2016 budget. The debate had originally been scheduled for last Friday.

The government and ruling parties hope to see the state budget for fiscal 2016 starting April passing parliament by the end of March, ruling bloc lawmakers said.

Secretaries general of the ruling and opposition parties met lawmakers Monday to discuss management of the Diet after the Amari scandal brought parliamentary deliberations to a standstill the previous week.

Opposition lawmakers, however, said they plan to inquire into the scandal at the Budget Committee.

“A budget that directly links to people’s lives has been presented (to the Diet). We are requesting Diet deliberations over it to start as soon as possible,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

Amari, who was known as the driving force behind the “Abenomics” policy mix, aimed at beating deflation and putting Japan on a sustainable recovery path, stepped down from the Cabinet post Thursday to take responsibility for receiving a total of 1 million yen in cash from a construction company.



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