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Aso under pressure to hold elections

Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso faces Yukio Hatoyama, head of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, during the parliamentary debate between the party bosses in the Upper House of the Diet in Tokyo, Japan, on May 27, 2009. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori) (UPI photo/Keizo Mori)
Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso faces Yukio Hatoyama, head of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, during the parliamentary debate between the party bosses in the Upper House of the Diet in Tokyo, Japan, on May 27, 2009. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori) (UPI photo/Keizo Mori) | License Photo

TOKYO, May 31 (UPI) -- Japan's main opposition party has indicated it may consider a censure or a no-confidence motion if Prime Minister Taro Aso puts off elections until August.

"We will discuss (the possibility of a censure motion) with the party leadership when it reaches a critical stage,'' Yukio Hatoyama, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, told reporters, Kyodo news said.

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The report said the strategy is that a censure motion adopted in the opposition-controlled upper house of parliament could force Aso to dissolve the lower house. The opposition's strategy also stems from recent remarks of senior lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that elections should be held in August.

"There is plenty of time to dissolve the House of Representatives and hold a general election," Hatoyama was quoted as saying. "There is no logical reason to postpone it until August.''

Terms of members of the lower house will end Sept. 10 and elections must be held by October, the report said.

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