Aug. 04, 2012 - 06:38AM JST
Seven opposition parties plan to file a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in the upper house to block passage of the proposed consumption tax hike bill.
The seven parties include Ichiro Ozawa’s People’s Life First, the Japanese Communist Party, the Social Democratic Party and Your Party, and three others.
However, the two major opposition parties—the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito Party—have not joined the group. Instead, they have suggested they will file their own no-confidence motion if Noda and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) do not call for a vote on the consumption tax and social security reform bills in the Diet by the end of next week.
Noda told a news conference that he remains committed to the consumption tax and social security reform bills and will fight any no-confidence motion.
The bills were hammered out in cross-party talks between the DPJ, LDP and New Komeito, without the input of the smaller opposition parties.
Noda has said that the end of August is a better time to submit the bills for a vote.
DPJ Secretary-General Azuma Koshiishi said Friday that the government wants to hold deliberations on two other bills—one to issue deficit-covering bonds and one on electoral reform—before having the consumption tax bill put to a vote in the upper house, Saniei Shimbun reported.