Japan Opposition Submits Motions against Aso

Politics

Tokyo, June 20 (Jiji Press)--Japanese opposition parties introduced Thursday no-confidence and censure motions against Finance Minister Taro Aso in the Diet, Japan's parliament, criticizing his refusal to accept a controversial Financial Services Agency report on aging society.

The opposition parties, including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, submitted the no-confidence motion to the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, and the censure motion to the House of Councillors, the upper chamber.

Both motions condemned the decision by Aso, who also serves as financial services minister, not to receive the FSA report that caused controversy by saying that an elderly couple needs to amass about 20 million yen in life savings aside from pension benefits. They also mentioned his responsibility for the Finance Ministry's falsification of documents related to a high-profile favoritism scandal involving school operator Moritomo Gakuen.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, are expected to vote down the motions on Friday.

The ruling and opposition camps started to intensify their confrontation in view of the approaching end of the ongoing Diet session on Wednesday and in the run-up to this summer's Upper House election.

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