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Japan's PM under pressure to resign

world Updated: Jun 02, 2011 08:21 IST

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Japan's opposition is readying a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

A vote on the motion was to be held in parliament on Thursday.

Kan, who became prime minister just a year ago, has been criticized for delays in construction of temporary housing for evacuees, lack of transparency about evacuation information, and a perceived lack of leadership.

On Wednesday, the largest opposition group, the Liberal Democratic Party, submitted the no-confidence motion along with two smaller opposition groups. The motion would force Kan to order the resignation of his Cabinet or dissolve the 480-seat lower house for elections.

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami left 24,000 dead or missing and caused the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.