On the 25th, the House of Representatives deliberated and debated the supplementary budget bill for this year, which has a total of 2.709 trillion yen in the general account for implementing emergency measures against rising prices.

At the plenary session of both Houses of Representatives, Minister of Finance Suzuki's financial speech and representative questions from each party were given.

At the plenary session of the House of Representatives, the Constitutional Democratic Party said about the supplementary budget, "Slow, small, empty. I have never seen such an embarrassing budget. I completely disregard it. "

The Liberal Democratic Party said, "Amid unstable crude oil prices and prices, the supplementary budget will respond quickly to this situation and is essential to ensure the safety and security of the people in preparation for the next possible situation. Insisted.

In response, Prime Minister Kishida said, "The situation is unpredictable, such as future disasters, the re-expansion of the new corona, and the further rise in crude oil prices and prices due to the prolonged situation in Ukraine. We will be fully prepared. "

On the other hand, in the representative question, at the Japan-US summit meeting on the 23rd, Prime Minister Kishida told President Biden that he would increase defense costs in order to drastically strengthen Japan's defense capabilities. ..

Prime Minister Kishida said that the security environment surrounding Japan is becoming more severe. "We will secure a budget that will support the drastic strengthening of our defense capabilities. From the perspective of securing stable financial resources, we will secure financial resources. We will also consider how it should be. "

When asked if he would revise the definition of exclusive defense in order to strengthen his defense capabilities, he said, "Exclusive defense is a basic defense policy in the spirit of the Constitution, and I have no plans to change it."

The supplementary budget bill is scheduled to be deliberated by the budget committees of both Houses of Councilors from the 26th, and the debate between the ruling and opposition parties is expected to become active in view of the summer House of Councilors election.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara "I would like to consider how financial resources should be."

At a press conference, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara discussed concretely and realistically what should be done first to protect the lives and livelihoods of the people as Japan's security environment becomes more severe. As a result, we have decided what is needed to drastically strengthen our defense capabilities, and Prime Minister Kishida has expressed his determination to secure a budget to support it. " I did.

After that, "Based on this idea, we will consider the content and scale of defense spending through the formulation of new security strategies and the process of budgeting in the future. At that time, we will secure stable defense spending. From this perspective, we would like to consider the ideal form of financial resources in an integrated manner. "