Greetings from the President of the House of Councillors

SANTO Akiko President of the House of Councillors

Welcome to the website of Japan’s House of Councillors.

I am Akiko Santo, President of the House of Councillors.

The House of Councillors is the upper house of Japan’s National Diet and as such is part of the highest organ of state power and the sole law-making organ of the state, responsible for approving proposed legislation, budgets, and treaties as well as for general oversight of government operations as we work to ensure that the Japanese people are able to lead stabilizing and improving lives and that Japan contributes to the development of the international community.

Unlike the House of Representatives, members of the House of Councillors are elected to six-year terms, and the House of Councillors cannot be dissolved. Thus, the House of Councillors is well situated for making long-term, fundamental commitments to policy issues.

This website contains a wide range of information describing the roles and responsibilities of the House, a list of its members, and basic data about the National Diet, which we hope to create an “open House of Councillors”.

I sincerely hope that this content will help deepen the public’s understanding of and interest in the House of Councillors.

The House of Councillors is committed to fulfilling its role and carrying out its mission, as the "chamber of wisdom" and the "chamber of reconsideration", which we strive to meet the expectations of the Japanese public.

SANTO Akiko President of the House of Councillors

Akiko Santo
President
House of Councillors