New Renaissance Party
|New Renaissance Party
|Secretary general||Hiroyuki Arai|
|Founded||23 April 2010|
|Headquarters||2-16-5, Hirakawacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan|
|Politics of Japan
The New Renaissance Party (新党改革 Shintō Kaikaku ) is a minor political party in Japan. Its leader Yōichi Masuzoe, a former Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare and former member of Liberal Democratic Party, defected from the Liberal Democratic Party in April 2010 to join the party Reform Club (改革クラブ) and renamed it to the current one. The Reform Club was formed in August 2008. In the August 2009 House of Representatives election, it failed to obtain a seat in the single-member district constituencies or proportional representation blocks.
Motions against Yoshihiko Noda
On August 3 2012 the party in concert with six other minor opposition parties (People's Life First, Kizuna Party, Social Democratic Party, Your Party, New Party Nippon (which has no lower-house lawmaker) and the Japanese Communist Party) agreed to submit a no confidence motion against Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in an effort to block the passage of the bill raising Japan's consumption tax from 5% to 10%. In the Japanese diet the support of 51 lawmakers is required to submit a co-confidence motion to the lower house. The motion was submitted to the lower house on August 7, along with a censure motion against Noda. The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party was also considering its own no-confidence motion and censure motions if Noda did not agree to call a general election. The no-confidence motion was voted down 246 to 86, with the DPJ voting against and the LDP and its partner New Komeito deciding to be absent from the vote after Noda agreed to hold elections "soon".
On August 29, 2012 the House of Councillors passed a censure motion against Noda based on the one previously submitted by the seven opposition parties. The LDP and New Komeito had also been preparing their own censure motion but in the end the LDP, which had supported Noda's consumption tax increase, supported the censure motion of the other seven parties, while New Komeito abstained. While the censure motion was non-binding, the opposition parties planned to boycott the remaining sitting days before the diet session finished on September 8, preventing further legislation from being passed.
- Note: only one member of the joint NRP-Group of Independents parliamentary group is an NRP member (Hiroyuki Arai), the other two are independents as of August 2013. Also see: Members on the party website.
- The Daily Yomiuri Parties band together against Noda August 4 2012 Retrieved on August 13 2012
- The Daily Yomiuri 6 parties hit Noda with no-confidence motion August 8 2012 Retrieved on August 13 2012
- The Daily Yomiuri Reform bills set to pass Diet today / No-confidence motion easily voted down August 10 2012 Retrieved on August 13 2012
- The Daily Yomiuri Upper house OK's censure against Noda August 30, 2012 Retrieved on September 1, 2012
- The Japan Times Censure motion against Noda OK'd August 30, 2012 Retrieved on September 1, 2012
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