House of Councillors to sort out issues for online deliberations Exchange of views with the House of Representatives September 9 at 12:37 a.m.
In response to the spread of the new coronavirus, the House of Councillors exchanged opinions with members of the House of Commons of the British House of Commons, which have already introduced it, to sort out the challenges of discussing the plenary session online.
The exchange of views was held on the evening of August 8 using a videocon conference system with members of the House of Commons, including Chairman Matsumura of the House of Councillors Steering Committee and members of the ruling and opposition parties.
In this, the House of Councillors asked how it introduced online deliberations, while the British Parliament explained that “with the spread of infection to multiple members and staff and restrictions on movement, there was no choice but to introduce it, but all members of parliament were able to participate in the deliberations online.”
He then explained that, in addition to online deliberations, he now allows other lawmakers to vote on his behalf.
Under Japan’s constitution, the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors are not allowed to hold plenary meetings without the attendance of more than one-third of all members of the House of Representatives, so the House of Councillors has decided to carefully sort out the issues based on the content of the exchange of views.