Jul. 13, 2012 - 06:40AM JST
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Thursday told a gathering of ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) members that any election candidate who opposes the consumption tax hike bill will not have the party’s backing in the next lower house election.
Noda has been under fire for not disciplining DPJ members who voted against the bill in the Diet on June 26.
He also apologized to the gathering for not being able to prevent party bigwig Ichiro Ozawa and 50 of his supporters from leaving the party last week, Fuji TV reported. He asked all party members to work with him to restore unity.
But he remained adamant that any candidate who voted against the bill will not be endorsed as candidates, Fuji reported.