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No-confidence motion dies

June 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Japan's opposition-controlled upper house of parliament approved an unprecedented no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

But the motion died today when the lower house, dominated by the ruling party, passed a motion of confidence.

The impasse was over Fukuda's support for a health insurance plan that the opposition said hurt the country's elderly.

The government has insisted that Fukuda would not step down, despite polls that show his support as low as 20%.

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