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Prime Minister says ‘No’ to early elections

Date Posted: 2012-07-13

Despite a host of problems within the central Japanese government and the Democratic Party of Japan, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says he’s no intentions of tossing in the towel and calling for new elections.

Some political observers fear Noda’s support base has eroded to the point he can’t effectively govern, and would dissolve the lower house and call snap elections. That won’t happen, says Noda, who insists his top priority remains getting the consumption tax and social security reform legislation pushed through the Diet. H says he’s still aiming to reduce the deficit through legislation, as well.

Opposition leader Sadakazu Tanigaki, head of the Liberal Democratic Party, is calling for Noda to seek a new perspective, calling for him to review his thinking on moving the party forward. Tanigaki says the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which last week saw Ichiro Ozawa and four dozen DPJ lawmakers bolt from the party, calling Noda’s actions a breech of the party’s 2009 political campaign pledges.

Noda denies reneging on campaign pledges, promising to put people first, and to rebuild the DPJ.

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