Japan main opposition party eyes non-confidence motion: report

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Posted: May 26, 2011 3:38 AM
Japan main opposition party eyes non-confidence motion: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's main opposition party intends to submit a no-confidence motion to parliament, its leader was quoted as saying on Thursday, adding to the woes of Prime Minister Naoto Kan who is under fire for his handling of the country's nuclear crisis.

But it remains unclear if the motion against his cabinet would gain enough support from other parties, including rebels in Kan's own party, to topple the unpopular premier. Any no-confidence motion would need the support of about 75 of the ruling Democratic Party's more than 300 lawmakers.

"As the opposition party, we have a responsibility to submit (the no-confidence motion) as it's such a problematic government," Sadakazu Tanigaki, leader of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, was quoted by Jiji news agency as saying.

He stopped short of saying when the motion would be submitted, Jiji reported.

(Reporting by Yoko Nishikawa; Editing by Chris Gallagher)