Noda rules out early election
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday said he has no plan to dissolve the lower house and call a general election.
Speaking at a lower house Budget Committee session, Noda said his top priority is getting tax and social security reform legislation enacted, as well as a bill to issue deficit-covering bills, TV Asahi reported.
During debate, Liberal Democratic Party leader Sadakazu Tanigaki urged Noda to seek a fresh public mandate on his reforms. He said the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) had become fractured following the exodus of rebel party members last week.
Former DPJ members, who are supporters of former DPJ bigwig Ichiro Ozawa, said that Noda had abandoned the DPJ’s 2009 election-winning pledges and that he should apologize to the Japanese people, TV Asahi reported.
Noda said he has not abandoned any pledges and added that the people’s livelihood is his top priority. He also promised to rebuild the DPJ.