An extraordinary session of the Japanese Parliament ended on Monday (27 Dec) without approving government legislation which is vital to next year's return of Okinawa Island -- at present held by the United States.
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CU Mr. Kono (centre) and two other members enter
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CU Mr. Kono
SV & LV PAN..other members seated around Mr. Kono (3 shots)
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Background: An extraordinary session of the Japanese Parliament ended on Monday (27 Dec) without approving government legislation which is vital to next year's return of Okinawa Island -- at present held by the United States.
The bills were discussed by the Upper House on Monday -- but there were strong objections from the Opposition to the Upper house voting on the legislation.
The Government decided not to force the issue -- and will re-submit the bills to the next Plenary Session, opening on Wednesday (29 Dec).
SYNOPSIS: A meeting of the Upper House of the Japanese Parliament on Monday, to discuss controversial legislation concerning next year's return of Okinawa to Japan.
The former Japanese island is at present governed by the United States. The Chairman of the Upper House, Mr. Kono and his colleagues discussed the four bills but the meeting was to end without them receiving parliamentary approval.
Opposition members were opposed to the Upper House voting on the legislation -- and the Government decided not to force the issue.
Instead the matters discussed at this meeting will be resubmitted to the next Plenary Session on Wednesday.
The four bills are considered vital for the smooth transfer of control in Okinawa from the United States to Japan. But only one is regarded by the government as urgent.
It deals with land to be used by the United States for military bases that will remain on Okinawa, after the Island is returned to Japan.