Japan's opposition parties take aim at newly-elected PM, PNP sides with DPJ

19:11, June 04, 2010      

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Naoto Kan speaks after he was elected as the chief of Democratic Party of Japan in Tokyo, capital of Japan, June 4, 2010. Kan became Japan's new prime minister after being approved by the Diet on Friday. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)

Japanese opposition parties, including the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), expressed their intentions Friday to oppose the new government soon to be formed by newly-elected prime minister and Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Naoto Kan.

LDP President Sadakazu Tanigaki suggested that Kan should still be held responsible for his former roles as DPJ finance minister and deputy prime minister and that Kan was a key member who " abandoned" the government.

"It's an old tactic," said the LDP chief, referring to the DPJ' s change of leader just before the upper house elections in July. "It's just changing the party's book cover."

Kan, as both finance minister and deputy prime minister, is responsible for the failings of the party under Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Tanigaki went on to say.


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