Japan opposition submits censure motion on PM

The motion was expected to be adopted by the opposition-controlled upper chamber -- the first such censure against a prime minister under Japan's current 1947 constitution.

Japan opposition submits censure motion on PM

Japan's opposition Democratic Party and smaller allies submitted a non-binding censure motion against Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in parliament's upper house on Wednesday in an effort to pressure the unpopular leader to call a snap election, a parliamentary official said.

The motion was expected to be adopted by the opposition-controlled upper chamber -- the first such censure against a prime minister under Japan's current 1947 constitution.

But it lacks the legal clout to force Fukuda, 71, to resign or call an early election for the more powerful lower chamber, where the ruling bloc holds a hefty majority, and he has already indicated he plans to shrug off the opposition move.

Reuters

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