OSAKA (Kyodo) Scandal-tainted lawmaker Shingo Nishimura on Sunday rejected calls for his resignation after the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito submitted a resolution proposal last week urging him to step down.

“I announced in January that I have no intention to resign because I need to handle the abduction issue, and I have not changed my stance,” Nishimura said at a speech in Osaka.

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