Noda Might Face No-Confidence Motion Over Consumption Tax

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is likely to face a no-confidence motion over his plan to raise the consumption tax.

Senior officials from three small opposition parties agreed Thursday to submit a no-confidence motion against the Noda cabinet to the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, in order to block the passage of bills to raise the tax.

The three parties–the Japanese Communist Party, the Social Democratic Party and Your Party–agreed that the no-confidence motion should be submitted before the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, votes on the bills. The Lower House approved the bills in June.Peoples Life First, a new political party set up by Ichiro Ozawa and his followers after they bolted from Nodas ruling Democratic Party of Japan in opposition to the tax increase, plans to join the three parties.

If the Lower House passes a non-confidence motion against a cabinet, the prime minister needs to resign or call a general election.

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