Will Tomorrow Be Naoto Kan’s Last Day as Prime Minister of Japan?
Tomorrow, Japanese Diet Will Consider a Vote of No Confidence Introduced by Three Minority Parties
Yomiuri Shimbun: 内閣不信任決議案、３党で提出…２日採決へ
June 1, 2011, 6:00 PM
On the evening of June first, the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeitō, and Stand Up Japan introduced a measure of no confidence in Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s government. The House of Representatives will decide on the measure on the afternoon of June second. [It would require 60-70 votes from the ruling party to pass.]
No Confidence Measure Says Wandering Government Response Has Hindered Recovery Efforts
Yomiuri Shimbun: 迷走の菅内閣、復興と再生の障害…不信任決議案
June 1, 2011, 6:52 PM
On the evening of June first, the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeitō, and Stand Up Japan introduced a measure of no confidence in Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s government. Here are the reasons they cited:
The Kan Government has not shown a clear direction during this national disaster; it has continued to wander instead, hindering the recovery effort.
In particular, its response to the Great Tōhoku Earthquake has prevented recovery in the area.
The scattered nature of the government’s manifesto have left it in no position to make policy. The harsh criticism Prime Minister Kan has received for his jumbled responses, his abrupt call for a coalition government, and his rash and careless pronouncements clearly demonstrate the truth of the matter. His many evasive and insincere responses during this parliamentary session and meetings about the second revision of the budget show that he is doing the unthinkably irresponsible: putting the survival of his administration above the disaster.
We could tolerate this government before this once-in-a-lifetime disaster, but we cannot do so any longer. Prime Minister Kan should resign this very instant.
Azuma and Four Other Cabinet Ministers Resign to Back No-Confidence Vote; Ozawa and Hatoyama Also Express Their Support
Yomiuri Shimbun: 東副大臣ら５人辞表提出…小沢・鳩山氏も賛成へ
June 1, 2011, 7:33 PM
Senior Vice Minister of the Cabinet Office Shōzō Azuma, Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism Wakio Mitsui, Senior Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Katsumasa Suzuki, Environmental Committee Member Takeshi Hidaka, and Internal Affairs and Communications Committee Member Akira Uchiyama submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Kan on the 1st.
They are expected to support the vote of no-confidence which the Diet will consider on the 2nd.
[The two most prominent former leaders of Kan’s own party] Ichiro Ozawa and former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama have also expressed support for the measure.