Opposition call motion of no confidence
The opposition led by the Liberal Democrat Party (LDP), New Komeito Party (NKP) and the Sunrise Party of Japan (SPJ) have moved a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his Cabinet. They accuse the cabinet of slow and inappropriate measures in tackling the aftermath of the 11th March earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
The three parties currently muster 141 seats in the 480 seat House of representatives. The ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and their five party coalition can muster 320 votes. However, some DPJ MPs, possibly led by former party leader Ichiro Ozawa might support the no confidence motion.
The three opposition parties would need to garner all of the opposition votes and then get the defection of 81 DPJ members for them to win the vote scheduled for today.
If the Cabinet were to fall then they would be forced to resign or dissolve the House and call a snap general election.