I am Hosoda Hiroyuki, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan.
The Constitution stipulates that the National Diet of Japan is the highest organ of state power and the sole law-making organ of the state.
The House of Representatives forms the National Diet together with the House of Councillors. It plays an important role which is directly connected to the lives of the people by making laws, designating the Prime Minister, passing the fiscal budget submitted by the government, and approving treaties. The House also conducts investigations on a wide range of government measures, which has become increasingly important in recent years.
Our website provides information to familiarize the public with the composition of our House and its activities. This includes activities and discussions at plenary sittings and committees, the status of deliberations of budgets, bills and petitions, and also the names of our House Members and their in-house groups.
The website also has information on the Parliamentary Museum, which was established to deepen the understanding of parliamentary democracy, and on procedures to observe plenary sittings and to take part in Diet tours, to help bring the Diet closer to the people.
To close, I hope that our website will help you further deepen your understanding of and interest in the National Diet of Japan.
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