Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday asked the public to share in the burden of getting the Japanese economy back on track and blamed the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) for the nation’s huge debt.
Speaking in Osaka ahead of the Dec 16 lower house election, Noda asked the public to support social security and tax reform, TV Asahi reported. He told a crowd that he knows how hard it is to ask the Japanese people to accept the increase in the consumption tax, but said it is important not to pass the burden onto future generations. He said the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) was being realistic with the public about the task ahead.
Meanwhile, LDP leader Shinzo Abe pledged to revitalize the economy by investing in public works projects, Sankei Shimbun reported. Speaking outside in the snow in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, he said it was vital to create job opportunities for young people because it has already become a winter of depression for many graduates who are unable to find jobs.