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Naoto Kan to stay until end of nuclear crisis

06-03-2011 08:49 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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A no-confidence motion against Japan's embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan was rejected by the lower house Thursday. The result, allows SOME time for Kan's cabinet to continue handling the Fukushima nuclear crisis and post-quake reconstruction. Kan says, he's willing to resign, once the country's recovery takes hold.

Buying himself some time and warding off a challenge that threatened to split his party and send Japan's government into a deeper hole, Kan survived a no-confidence vote by a margin of 293-152 in the lower house of parliament.

At a news conference late Thursday, Kan hinted that he may stay until the crippled Fukushima reactors reach "a cold and stable shutdown" and stop leaking radiation, which their operator plans to achieve by January.

Naoto Kan, Japan's prime minister, right, and Kaoru Yosano, Japan's minister of
economy and fiscal policy, stand to leave a meeting at the Lower House of the Diet
in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, June 2, 2011. Kan survived a no-confidence vote after
appealing to ruling party dissidents by offering to resign once the country's worst
crisis since World War II is under control. Photographer: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Naoto Kan, Japanese Prime Minister said "I may have made mistakes, but for the recovery and reconstruction of the country, it will take a while for us until we contain the problems of the nuclear reactor. That is why we need the cooperation from both political parties to overcome and move forward to a new and safe society. I would like to use this opportunity to ask the opposition party for their support."

Kan, in office for just one year, has been criticized for not responding swiftly enough to the crisis caused by the March 11th earthquake and the massive tsunami that left more than 24-thousand people dead or missing.

Kan has also been blamed for a lack of transparency about evacuation information while coping with the nuclear crisis.

TOKYO, Japan - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks during a meeting
of lawmakers of his Democratic Party of Japan in the Diet building in
Tokyo on June 2, 2011. Kan said he will step down after achieving some
postquake recovery work. The Diet was expected to hold a vote on a
no-confidence motion against him later in the day. (Kyodo)

On Thursday, evacuees said they felt abandoned by the government and that they are getting bored with the political games.

Evacuee said "I am wondering whether there are any politicians at all that feel the same as we, the evacuees, feel."

Evacuee said "I think politicians forget about us. I want them not just to think of their political power game but to pay attention to us."

But no sooner had Kan survived the no-confidence vote, signs of tension resurfaced.

The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party has threatened to take the fight to the upper house, which the opposition controls and present a non-binding censure motion against Kan there.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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