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Date : March 29, 2012

Notice (Press Briefing): Japan to Face Growing Political Tension (March 29, 2012)

post date : 2013.08.20

Press Briefing: "Japan to Face Growing Political Tension"


Mr. Hiroshi Hoshi, Asahi Shimbun Senior Staff Writer


The domestic political situation is getting tense over the controversial consumption-tax hike, which Prime Minister Mr. Yoshihiko Noda claimed he would realize “at the risk of his political career.” He sticks to his stance to submit a bill centering on the tax hike to the Diet by the end of March, but opposition against the tax increase is strong even within the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, with Mr. Ichiro Ozawa, former DPJ President and now leader of the largest intraparty group, expressing publicly his intention to rebel against the bill. If such rebellions within the DPJ cause a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet submitted by the opposition camp to be passed, or the consumption-tax hike bill to be rejected in the Diet, Mr. Noda might resort to dissolving the House of Representatives for a general election, making the possibility of a political realignment centering on the tax hike real.


FPCJ has invited Mr. Hiroshi Hoshi, Senior Staff Writer of the Asahi Shimbun, to share his view of Japan’s increasingly tense political situation.



Time & Date: 15:00-16:30, Thursday, March 29, 2012


Place: Foreign Press Center/Japan (6th floor, Nippon Press Center Bldg.)


Language: Japanese (with English interpretation)



Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also attend the briefing as observers (admission free).


*No car park is available. Please use a nearby car park if you come by car.

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