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Phase IV, Diet Deliberations: House Of Councillors

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The composition of the House of Councillors as it began deliberations on the subversive activities prevention law (SAPL) was based on the June 4, 1950 election where the Liberal Party was given more seats than in the 1947 elections but far from a majority. As the deliberations began in the House of Councillors, it was clear that there was a broad swath of Japanese society that was opposed to the SAPL - and the revisions of the basic labor laws - with varying degrees of passion and systematic institutional organization. The April 17, 1952 plenary session was a polite preliminary skirmish but a pro forma exercise in parliamentary procedures considering the original draft SAPL as submitted by the Cabinet. The structure of the Committee hearings followed normal Diet practices of beginning with overall issues, much longer than the House Committee, two days for hearings from a variety of experts.

Keywords: diet deliberations; House of Councillors; legal affairs committee hearings; liberal party; polite formalistic skirmish; subversive activities prevention law (SAPL)

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