PM survives no confidence vote
Prime Minister Naoto Kan has survived a no confidence vote in the House of Representatives. The no confidence vote forced by the opposition parties was lost by 293 to 152 votes in the 480 seat lower house.
Thirty-three members of the prime minister’s party, the Democratic Party of Japan (DJP), either abstained or were absent.
Following the vote Naoto Kan made it clear that he would only remain in the post until such time as tangible progress had been made on the nuclear disaster and aftermath of the 11th March earthquake and tsunami.