Japan Prime Minister weathers no-confidence motion
Thu Aug 9, 2012 8:49PM
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." KA/HN