Upper house censures prime minister
The upper house of the Japanese parliament, the House of Councillors, carried out the opposition threat yesterday afternoon and passed a motion of censure against Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
The vote was passed by 129 votes for and 91 votes against in the 242 seat chamber. The result of which signals that the opposition led by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will not now cooperate with the government in passing further legislation. That in turn could produce a financial crisis because the government needs to pass legislation that will cover the fiscal deficit and 40 percent of all spending. Currently the government is funding spending through its reserves but that is unlikely to last beyond October.
Prime Minister Noda would like to avoid having to call a general election before the house rises on 8th September because the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is unlikely to win the contest. Opinion polls suggest a blanket disillusionment with all political parties and an early general election is unlikely to result in a clear winner.