Renewable Energy Law Agreed Upon; Prime Minister Kan to Resign After Ratification

Renewable Energy Law Agreed Upon; Prime Minister Kan to Resign After Ratification
Yomiuri Shimbun: 再生エネ法成立へ…首相は直後に正式退陣表明
12:03 PM August 12

At the beginning of a meeting of policy committee chairmen on the morning of the 12th, the Democratic Party of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party agreed to pass a Special Renewable Energy Law in the House of Representatives on the 19th.

The law is expected to be ratified by the 26th. Immediately afterward, Prime Minister Naoto Kan of the Democratic Party of Japan will formally announce his resignation.

In addition, at a Cabinet roundtable on the 12th, the Prime Minister announced his intent to resign and told his ministers, “I want people to say that Prime Minister Kan’s ministers gave everything they had until the very, very end fulfilled their responsibilities.”

Finance Minister Noda, who has confirmed his candidacy in the coming intraparty election for Mr. Kan’s successor, spoke at a press conference after the cabinet meeting about the proposed tax increase which will come up for a vote soon and which is expected to be controversial. He confronted intraparty opposition to the tax hike by saying, “The government and the ruling party have a definite plan [for reforming the social security system]. There’s no need to overturn the tea table during the debate.”

Original/原稿:
再生エネ法成立へ…首相は直後に正式退陣表明

 民主、自民両党は12日午前、国会対策委員長会談を開き、再生可能エネルギー特別措置法案について、19日に衆院を通過させることで合意した。

 同法案は、26日までに成立する見通しで、菅首相(民主党代表)は、成立後直ちに正式に退陣表明する。

 一方、首相は12日の閣僚懇談会で、退陣の意向を明言し、「菅内閣として仕事をしている限りは、最後の最後まで全力を挙げて、責任を果たしていってほしい」と指示した。

 首相の後継を選ぶ民主党代表選をめぐり、出馬の意向を固めた野田財務相は12日午前の閣議後の記者会見で、主要争点と予想される増税の是非について、「政府・与党で一緒にまとめた(社会保障と税の一体改革の)成案がある。ちゃぶ台返しをするような議論はあってはならない」と述べ、党内の増税反対論をけん制した。
(2011年8月12日12時03分 読売新聞)

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