The leader of Japan’s main opposition party said a coalition with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s ruling party remains unlikely after the two cooperated on legislation to double the national consumption tax.
Koichi Hamada, an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said that he was cautious about increasing Japan’s sales tax soon, signaling Abe will face debate over the planned move after a forecast election victory this weekend.
Three days ago, Prime Minister Naoto Kan was fighting for his political life. Now, the success of his government may hinge on how he responds to what he calls Japan’s biggest crisis since the end of World War II.
The head of Japan’s largest opposition party said it might join a coalition with Prime Minister Naoto Kan ’s government to cope with the nuclear crisis and recovery from last month’s earthquake and tsunami.