DPJ's Nishioka picked as Japan's upper house president

10:51, July 30, 2010      

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Takeo Nishioka, a senior member of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), succeeded Satsuki Eda, as president of the House of Councilors at the extraordinary Diet session which convened in Tokyo Friday.

Nishioka headed the steering committee of the upper house before taking up the new post.

The opposition parties are widely expected to take aim at Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) for losing its majority in the recent House of Councilors election during the extraordinary parliamentary session, which will last through Aug. 6.

During the extraordinary session key debates are expected on Monday and Tuesday in the House of Representatives and Wednesday and Thursday in the upper house.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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