Liberal Democratic Party leader Sadakazu Tanigaki said Monday that his party will cooperate with new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan on efforts to rebuild the Tohoku region, but emphasized that a grand coalition is unlikely.
Noda told a news conference on Monday night that he would like to pursue the idea of a grand coalition with the LDP and its partner, the New Komeito Party, and indicated that he would hold talks with them separately. However, Tanigaki told NHK that he expects the government to call a general election once it has passed the third supplementary budget. Noda said earlier that he would not dissolve the Diet and call a general election anytime in the near future.
Meanwhile, New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi told reporters he hopes Noda will stick to the agreements worked out by the DPJ and the opposition parties on issues such as the child-care allowance proposal. He also urged Noda to revise the DPJ's 2009 election manifesto, something which DPJ power broker Ichiro Ozawa has criticized the DPJ leadership over.© Japan Today