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Aso must go, even though Diet rejected motions against him

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A no-confidence motion and a censure motion against Finance Minister Taro Aso, who also doubles as minister in charge of financial services, were voted down on June 21 during a plenary session of the Lower House and the Upper House, respectively.

Members of the opposition, including from the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People, had submitted the motions to the respective chambers of the Diet. The motions were rejected by a majority of votes, including by members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, its junior coalition partner, Komeito, and Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party).

The Asahi Shimbun in its editorials has repeatedly called on Aso to step down, partly because of the inappropriate way he responded to the Finance Ministry’s falsification of official documents and allegations of sexual harassment by Junichi Fukuda, administrative vice finance minister at the time.

“Whenever there is a problem with the executive branch of government, the legislative branch has a duty to set it right,” an opposition member emphasized in a speech on June 21 during the Upper House plenary session, but the ruling parties........

© The Asahi Shimbun