02 Jun '11, 1am

Japan PM Naoto Kan survives no-confidence vote after pledging to step down

Japan PM Naoto Kan survives no-confidence vote after pledging to step down

Mr Kan, struggling with the quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster recovery and a flagging economy, had a no-confidence motion tabled against him by his opponents on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - JAPAN'S Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday survived a no-confidence motion brought by the conservative opposition after he pledged to step down once the country has recovered from the March 11 quake. The no-confidence motion against Mr Kan, brought in the lower house of the Diet legislature by the main conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and two small parties, was defeated by a margin of 152 against 293. Mr Kan's archrival within the governing centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Ichiro Ozawa, abstained from the vote, while scores of lawmakers loyal to Mr Ozawa also either failed to cast a ballot or supported the premier. -- AFP

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