29 May '11, 3am

Japan PM could face no-confidence motion

TOKYO: Japan's centre-left Prime Minister Naoto Kan, under fire for his handling of the response to the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, faces the threat of a no-confidence motion this week. Although Kan's opponents have only a slim chance of rallying enough support for a successful motion in the Diet legislature, the move would be a fresh headache for Tokyo's premier, who has been in office for less than a year. Leaders of the main conservative opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and their smaller ally the New Komeito party threatened the move on Friday against Kan, Japan's fifth prime minister in as many years. A rebel powerbroker in Kan's Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Ichiro Ozawa, long dubbed the "Shadow Shogun", did not rule out supporting a move to oust Kan, according to an interview published by The Wall Street Journal. Kan's approval rati...

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