• Kyodo


Mikio Shimoji, secretary general of Kokumin Shinto (People’s New Party), said Thursday that the party has decided to dismiss President Shizuka Kamei and policy chief Akiko Kamei over their stances on the consumption tax hike.

The two have asserted that Kokumin Shinto, the junior coalition partner of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, should leave the coalition because of their opposition to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s tax hike legislation, but the majority of its members are reluctant to do so.

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