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Scandal rocks Noda ahead of Japan election

10-22-2012 08:39 BJT

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A top Japanese official says Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will keep his promise and dissolve parliament at the end of the year. But Noda’s rival, Shinzo Abe, president of the Liberal Democratic Party, says Noda can’t be trusted.

This is not the only hardship Noda is facing. Falling support and political scandals are also tarnishing the Prime Minister’s future.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is sticking to his promise to hold a general election by the end of 2012.

According to Seiji Maehara, Japan’s former Minister for National Strategy and Economic Policy, Noda will probably dissolve parliament following approval of new bonds sales to cover 40 percent of the country’s annual budget.

Maehara also said he hopes opposition parties will cooperate with the budget bill.

But Noda’s delay in setting an election date has led to negotiations with opposition leaders breaking down.

Now Shinzo Abe, LDP president, says Noda cannot be trusted.

He said in earlier meetings with Noda, no agreement had been reached on dissolving parliament.

Latest opinion polls show Noda’s support far behind Abe’s.

Now one of his cabinet members is also said to be involved in a scandal.

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper says Minister of Finance, Ko-riki Jo-jima, had close connections with crime syndicates.

Noda is now considering replacing him, despite Jojima’s denial, as many believe the scandal is too much to keep Noda in power.


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