LDP’s Amari plans big extra budget after election
Liberal Democrat Party Secretary General Akira Amari on Sunday expressed his eagerness to release a significant additional state budget for the 2021 fiscal year after the upcoming general election.
The budget will include measures to deal with the coronavirus crisis, build a greener society and tackle the declining birth rate in the country, Amari said during an NHK program.
“We will create plans for the distribution of wealth to lead to growth,” Amari said, in line with PLD president Fumio Kishida’s call to create a “virtuous circle” between the distribution of wealth and economic growth.
Kishida plans to launch his cabinet as soon as he is elected prime minister at an extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Monday. Japan will hold general elections for the House of Representatives, the lower house, this fall.
Separately, Keiichi Ishii, secretary general of Komeito, a partner of the ruling PLD coalition, said he hoped the supplementary budget would include the uniform distribution of 100,000 yen per person for children under 19 proposed by his side.
Leaders of opposition parties, including Yukio Edano of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, said Kishida’s new administration should hold in-depth discussions at meetings of the Diet’s budget committee.
Amari rejected the opposition’s request to speak to the Diet about a financial scandal that led to his resignation from his post as Minister of Economic Revitalization in 2016. He said he had already explained himself sufficiently.
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