Here is the main schedule for the time remaining before the House of Councillors elections, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun:
- Joint meeting of the Democratic Party of Japan members of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors to elect a new party leader
- Special plenary sessions of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors to elect a new prime minister (in case of different persons winning in each House, the decision of the House of Representatives takes precedence)
- New prime minister unveils his/her Cabinet
[Yes, you read it right. All three in one day.]
Prime Minister's Policy Address to the Diet
Prime Minister pays official visit to the Shanghai World's Fair (tentative)
End of Regular Diet Session
Opening of the official campaign period for the House of Councillors elections (projected)
Prime visits Canada and attends the G8 Summit
House of Councillors Elections
I have to admit: if one set out with the intention to draw all attention away from the campaign efforts of opposition parties, one could hardly devise a more tightly packed and distracting schedule.
I also see do not see how either the revisions to postal reform bill or the revisions of the laws governing the dispatch of contract labor will make it out of the House of Councillors by the currently projected June 16 deadline.