From the 25th, the Diet began asking questions from representatives of each party in response to Prime Minister Kishida's policy speech.
On the 26th, representative questions will also be held at the plenary session of the House of Councillors, and it is expected that debate will be exchanged on the government's tax increase policy in line with the increase in defense spending and efforts to realize wage increases.
During the plenary session of the House of Representatives on the 25th, representatives asked questions about the government's policy of increasing taxes in line with the increase in defense spending. In response to the request, Prime Minister Kishida said, "We will make an appropriate judgment as a matter of exclusive authority of the prime minister at the time."
On the morning of the 26th, a representative question will be held at the plenary session of the House of Councilors, and in the afternoon, a question will be held again at the plenary session of the House of Representatives.
In this, the ruling party plans to ask Prime Minister Kishida himself to explain the reasons for the change in security policy, including the possession of "counterattack capability," and the need to increase defense spending.
We will also ask about the direction of Prime Minister Kishida's aim of "countermeasures against the declining birthrate" and support measures to realize wage increases for small and medium-sized enterprises that are affected by soaring prices.
Opposition parties, on the other hand, are unacceptable for the policy of tax hikes to increase defense spending, and are planning to pursue the issue of the fact that the decision was made without discussion in the Diet.
In addition to reviewing the government's energy policy, which seeks to maximize the use of nuclear power generation, we will press the government to present concrete measures to realize wage increases.