Noda critical of Kan’s pick of LDP member for post

Kyodo

Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda expressed his discomfort Tuesday with Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s choice of an opposition lawmaker as a member of his administration, warning the development could further hamper efforts to get crucial bills through the Diet.

Noda told reporters that Kan’s pick of Kazuyuki Hamada from the Liberal Democratic Party has forced the opposition camp into a tougher line even though their support is needed to enact a budget plan and renewable energy promotion bills.

Noda is a close ally of Kan in the Democratic Party of Japan and a possible successor to the prime minister. Kan early this month announced his intention to resign once “certain progress” is made in rebuilding from the March disaster and in containing the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The LDP says the appointment of Hamada as a parliamentary secretary in a minor Cabinet lineup change Monday is a “clear challenge” to the main opposition party. The decision has triggered criticism even within the DPJ.

“We should have asked for cooperation (from the LDP) by standing at its front door,” Noda said.