Jul. 23, 2012 - 06:26AM JST
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has decided not to attend the Olympic Games opening ceremony on Friday.
Noda had indicated that he would like to be present at the opening ceremony which is expected to attract dignitaries from 120 countries. He also was hoping to use the occasion to drum up support for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid.
However, government sources said that senior members of Noda’s ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) urged Noda to remain in Japan now that deliberations have begun in the upper house on tax and social security reform bills, Sankei Shimbun reported.
A question and answer session on the bills is scheduled to be held in the upper house on Wednesday and Friday.