JAPAN: The government's offer to revise the defense budget should bring an end to theboycott of Diet proceedings.
Opposition parties in the Lower House, charging that the government violated normal legislativeby rushing the budgetary process, have blocked :liamentary activity for more than two weeks.
The review process, which couldonth, will delay passage of the national budget. In the interim, the government isrovisional budget to cover non-military needs, including Oki-nawan reversion projects. In the new defense budget, cuts probably will be made in funding for aircraft development and procurement.
The precedent set by the government's yielding to pressure may open the door for more thorough scrutiny of the budget by the opposition in the.
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