LDP says joining coalition with DPJ would be like boarding sinking ship
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Nobuteru Ishihara on Sunday ruled out any chance of his party joining a grand coalition with the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).
The rumor mill has been swirling over the past two weeks about secret meetings between various executives of the DPJ and LDP concerning the formation of a grand coalition in order to get legislation on a proposed consumption tax hike enacted.
However, Ishihara said Sunday that for the LDP to join a coalition with the DPJ would be like boarding a ship that could sink at any time, TBS reported. “How can the government ask an opposition party to help when it can’t even put its own house in order?” Ishihara was quoted as saying.
Speaking in Sendai, he said that a breakthrough in the political stalemate will only come when Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolves the lower house and calls a snap election.