Posted October. 24, 2009 09:07,
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama yesterday said he will soon suggest a bill on giving voting rights to expats living in Japan, including ethnic Koreans.
In a news conference, he said, The government is not yet ready to suggest the bill. It would be hard to suggest a bill at the next extra session of the Diet, suggesting that the bill will come at the regular session in January at the earliest.
At a meeting of the leaders of the ruling Democratic Party and the government, the party`s Diet Affairs Committee Chair Kenji Yamaoka said, The New Komeito Party plans to suggest a relevant bill. The government and the ruling party should also give responses.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirano Hirofumi told a news conference after the meeting, "Well consider when to suggest a bill. Party members need to discuss first.
Hatoyama last month had said after his summit with Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Seoul that he will positively consider giving voting rights to ethnic Koreans in Japan.
Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa said, I also agree. The party will make a decision on its policy before the regular session of the Diet next year.