Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has survived a no-confidence motion, forwarded by his cabinet over his proposal to double the sales tax.
Noda on Thursday reached an eleventh-hour deal with the mainstream opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ahead of an expected Friday vote on his plan to double consumption tax, AFP reported. The no-confidence motion was defeated by a majority of around three-to-one.
Japan's lower house of the parliament passed a controversial bill in June to raise sales taxes from five to 10 percent by 2015, deepening the differences within the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). The bill is now expected to be put to vote in the upper house.
The government says the tax hike will help curb the country's high public debt and fund rising welfare costs.
Critics of the bill, however, say the prime minister reneged on the promises, the ruling party had made when it came to power in 2009.
Meanwhile, Tetsuro Kato, professor of politics at Hitotsubashi University, rated the chances of the premier’s political survival amid the current unfavorable circumstances as slim.
He said, "With a political crisis just postponed after the agreement with the opposition, Noda's government is destined to be as short-lived as his predecessors' were."