The Daily Manila Shimbun


Justice minister Kaneda faces no-confidence motion

May 17, 2017

Tokyo- The Democratic Party and three other Japanese opposition parties jointly submitted a no-confidence motion against Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, as part of their opposition to a bill to penalize preparations to commit terrorism. The move blocked a plan by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its Komeito ally to hold a vote on the bill at the Judicial Affairs Committee of the lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, on the day.

The ruling camp now plans to get the controversial bill through the committee on Friday and the full Lower House next Tuesday, after voting down the no-confidence motion at a plenary meeting of the chamber on Thursday. The coalition initially aimed to have the bill to revise the law punishing organized crimes clear the Lower House on Thursday.
The delay comes before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves for Italy on May 25 to attend a two-day Group of Seven summit from May 26.
Explaining the reason for the no-confidence motion, the DP, the Japanese Communist Party, the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party argued that it is no exaggeration to say that Kaneda's lack of qualification as justice minister is without precedent in the country's history of constitutional politics. (Jiji Press)