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Japan’s lower house passes budget in favor of Prime Minister Kishida

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TOKYO: Japan’s lower house of parliament passed the government’s budget for the coming fiscal year in a rare session Saturday (March 2), a victory for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida whose public support has collapsed.

The vote ensures that the 112 trillion yen ($746 billion) budget, including relief funds for the New Year’s earthquake on the Noto Peninsula, will be passed by April 1, the start of the fiscal year, regardless of what happens in the next few years. Powerful upper room.

Kishida this week became the first sitting Japanese prime minister to appear before a parliamentary ethics committee, as he sought to draw a line under a funding scandal that damaged his popularity.

Support for Kishida and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party has fallen to its lowest level since Kishida took the top job in 2021, with his approval at 25 percent and his support for the LDP around 30 percent , according to a poll carried out last month by public broadcaster NHK. .

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