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Extra Diet session to convene Oct. 15

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The government plans to convene an extraordinary Diet session on Oct. 15 as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to focus on his economic growth strategy after his return from a series of overseas meetings, ruling party lawmakers said Friday.

The parliamentary session is expected to last until late November or early December before the government formulates its budget for fiscal 2014, which will start next April, they said.

Abe is schedule to attend an annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Indonesia on Oct. 7-8 and meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Brunei on Oct. 9-10.

On top of the growth strategy including capital spending promotion measures, the government hopes to see bills enacted at the coming Diet session to set a time frame for Japan's social security system reform and create a Japanese version of the U.S. National Security Council.

Another challenge for the session could be whether to revise the Civil Code, an issue that the New Komeito party, the coalition partner of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, is willing to pursue, the lawmakers said.

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a clause in the Civil Code granting less inheritance to children born out of wedlock than for siblings of married parents is unconstitutional.

==Kyodo

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