The government and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, headed by Kan, are now instead trying to enact a stopgap
bill aimed at extending the current child allowance program for six months beyond the end of March.
As many opposition parties are against expanding the scope of the DPJ's signature program, the ruling party and its coalition partner, the People's New Party, submitted the stopgap
bill to the Diet this week.
The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party was quick to oppose the stopgap
bill on child allowance, however, while leaving room to approve the tax-break bill when its Diet affairs chief Ichiro Aisawa met with his DPJ counterpart Jun Azumi, who plans to formally ask the opposition for cooperation Thursday, the lawmakers said.
bill would maintain the current tax rates by May 31 to prevent possible revenue shortfalls or confusion in people's lives to be caused by rapid fluctuations in gasoline prices, according to a senior official of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
The ruling bloc of the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Komeito party submitted a stopgap
bill to maintain gasoline and other road-related tax rates for two months to the Diet on Tuesday, despite strong opposition from the opposition parties.
The ruling coalition parties on Wednesday withdrew a controversial stopgap
bill to extend provisionally raised gasoline and other road-related taxes as they agreed with the opposition parties to accept a mediation offer by the heads of both Diet chambers, in a move that will defuse the recent confusion in parliament.