Noda warns against early general election

2012-10-29 09:54:11 GMT2012-10-29 17:54:11(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Yuan Yue, Sina English

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made clear on Oct. 29 he was in no rush to go to the polls, according to Asahi Shimbun.

In an opening address at the parliament, Noda asked for cooperation from the opposition bloc to pass key bills and used the phrase "responsibility for tomorrow" for about 20 times in his speech.

"In order to fulfill my responsibility for tomorrow, I cannot abandon jobs halfway to their completion," Noda told the lower house. "We shouldn't create at will a political vacuum that would cause policies to stall."

Noda also vowed to work with the central bank more closely to support the economy, using terms employed in the past to pressure the central bank into easing policy.

The Japanese Prime Minister had promised in August to call an election "soon" in order to secure opposition votes for another key piece of legislation - his signature sales tax increase plan designed to shore up state finances saddled by swelling social security costs.

But he has been coy on exactly when he will call the election for the lower house, which must be held by August next year.

With so many key bills to pass on this parliament, it is almost impossible for Noda to hold election this year, analysed Japanese media.

 

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