Shinzo Abe looks to be facing a no-confidence vote while North Korea prepares for missile attack on Japan

Political parties in Japan opposed to Sinzo Abe’s LDP henchmen operating in the shadows of Japan’s corporate-connected bureaucracies, have decided to consider a vote of no confidence in Shinzo Abe’s government. It is apparently related to raising the consumption tax from its current 8% level to 10%. No sooner was this announced, then news appeared making the absurd claim North Korea was making preparations to start a rocket attack on Japan. What a preposterous supposition. Why would North Korea suddenly attack Japan with missiles? What possible motivation would North Korea have? Frankly, none. The story was planted to rally support for Shinzo Abe’s failing government probably planted in the news agencies by Anglo-American sources.

The voting age has been lowered in Japan from the current voting age of 20 years-old to 18 years-old and a survey conducted indicated that 2/3rds out of 3,000 16 to 19 year old Japanese eligible to vote indicated they would be voting in this summer’s House of Councillors election. As Japan’s population ages and shrinks, there appears less Japanese to vote which is the main reason for reducing the voting age. What was the answer given for their being given the opportunity to vote beginning at 18 years-old? One Japanese girl responded by saying, “It would be fun.” While at the same time 60% of Japanese polled oppose an early Upper House election which is the controversy surrounding this summer’s double election for the two Diet chambers.

Source: Sputnik

Japanese Opposition Plans to File No-Confidence Vote Against Abe Cabinet

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Japan’s parliamentary opposition is set to file a no-confidence motion against the ruling government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, The Nikkei newspaper reported Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On May 19, the heads of the Democratic Party, Japanese Communist Party, the Social Democratic Party and the People’s Life Party agreed to consider submitting a no-confidence motion against the government over a scheduled consumption tax hike from 8 percent to 10 percent.

Party leaders met again on Monday, deciding to back no-confidence motion action as well as demanding Abe to account for the state of Japan’s economy in parliament, The Nikkei newspaper reported.

Opposition leaders accused Abe of failed economic policies, causing the standard of life to fall and aggravating poverty and inequality, according to the publication. The opposition also cited controversial defense policy legislation and the lack of transparency in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement talks as grounds for government resignation, the newspaper added.

New defense laws proposed by Abe’s cabinet and passed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in September have enabled the country to deploy troops overseas for the first time since World War II and triggered an opposition attempt to make the government resign. Abe survived the no-confidence vote.

In 2012, Abe announced measures to halt economic stagnation, including structural reforms, monetary easing and fiscal stimulus. The plan, dubbed Abenomics, was introduced after Abe’s election in December 2013. It has been described as a failure by the opposition.