TOKYO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Japan's ruling bloc was expected to vote on a secrecy bill while the opposition threatened to submit a no-confidence motion against the prime minister.
The House of Councilors was expected to vote in favor of the legislation, which establishes the grounds and procedures for classification of information held by the Japanese government, Kyodo reported Friday.
The opposition Democratic Party of Japan submitted censure motions against certain officials in a last-minute effort to buy time and avoid passage of the bill and threatened to submit a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet, Kyodo said.
"There is no change in our plan to handle the (secrecy) bill by the end of Friday," said Shigeru Ishiba, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Under the proposed legislation, people suspected of leaking state secrets would face up to 10 years in prison and those who instigate leaks would get up to five years in prison.