On the eve of the end of the current Diet session, the House of Representatives on Tuesday voted down the first no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s Cabinet.

The motion, submitted by opposition parties to Lower House Speaker Tamisuke Watanuki in the early afternoon, was rejected by a vote of 280 to 185. The Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito and the New Conservative Party hold the majority in the Lower House.

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