Claiming that Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto is incapable of running the government, Shinshinto introduced a no-confidence motion Thursday to the Diet.

The motion to fire the entire Cabinet, however, quickly failed in a 219-268 vote. By submitting the motion to the House of Representatives late in the morning, the main opposition party effectively suspended other Diet business; a legal stipulation gives priority above all else to no-confidence motions.

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