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The Upper House passed nonbinding censure motions Friday against Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka and Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Takeshi Maeda, delivering a double blow to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s administration.

The motions were submitted Wednesday by the Liberal Democratic Party and two smaller opposition parties, Your Party and Shinto Kaikaku (New Renaissance Party), over Tanaka’s inexperience on defense matters that the opposition alleges disqualifies him from holding his post, and Maeda’s alleged violation of the Public Offices Election Law.

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