Japan Opposition Bloc Submits Motion to Censure Abe

Politics

Tokyo, June 21 (Jiji Press)--Major opposition parties, including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, submitted a censure motion on Friday against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament.

The motion criticizes Abe's management of his administration, saying, "(Abe's) extremely arrogant political attitude of contempt toward Japanese citizens and parliament has reached a serious situation that cannot be overlooked."

The ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito plans to vote down the motion on Monday, while the opposition camp is looking at submitting a no-confidence motion against the Abe cabinet, informed sources said.

The censure motion against Abe comes after the Upper House voted down earlier on Friday a censure motion against Finance Minister Taro Aso over his refusal to accept a controversial Financial Services Agency report on the aging of society.

Later on Friday, the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, voted down a no-confidence motion against Aso, also financial services minister.

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