LDP urges Noda to part ways with Ozawa
The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Sunday urged Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to sever ties with former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Ichiro Ozawa, and hinted that if the prime minister can do so, then it will cooperate in negotiations to enact a bill on a proposed consumption tax hike.
LDP leader Sadakazu Tanigaki said that Noda cannot expect the opposition to cooperate in Diet deliberations unless he can unify his own party, NTV reported on its “Bankisha” program. Tanigaki said the DPJ lacks direction and seems to have two leaders.
Ozawa, who heads the DPJ’s largest faction with 120 members, has adamantly opposed the bill to hike the consumption tax to 10% by 2015. Noda and Ozawa are scheduled to hold a meeting to discuss the issue on Tuesday.