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Japan's main parties agree to withdraw coronavirus punishments from law revision proposals

The National Diet building is seen in this file photo taken in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Sept. 28, 2017. (Mainichi/Junichi Sasaki)

TOKYO -- Japan's main ruling and opposition parties have agreed that proposed new punishments that were set to be included in a bill to revise the infectious disease control law as part of coronavirus measures will be withdrawn, it has emerged.

    An agreement to remove the criminal penalty provisions was reached on the morning of Jan. 28 at a meeting in the National Diet building between the diet affairs chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Hiroshi Moriyama, and his main opposition counterpart Jun Azumi of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.

    Punishments of imprisonment and penalty fines will both be removed from the revision proposals.

    The LDP apparently compromised on the controversial issue after the main opposition party had been opposed to the criminal penalties.


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