Under Fire, Japan's PM Won't Bow to Election Calls

Body's censure of Fukuda a post-war first
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2008 10:29 AM CDT
Japan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda suffered an embarrassing censure vote in parliament today.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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(Newser) – Japan's prime minister suffered a humiliating blow today in a no-confidence motion passed by the upper house of the country's legislature—a post-war first, the BBC reports. Although the measure isn't politically binding, it's the latest step by the opposition to force Yasuo Fukuda to call new elections, a call Fukuda has repeatedly dismissed.