Japanese opposition parties are ramping up their calls for Financial Services Minister Taro Aso to resign over his refusal to accept a controversial advisory panel report.
Five opposition blocs jointly introduced a no-confidence motion against Aso to the Lower House on Thursday. The move came after the opposition parties submitted a censure motion to the Upper House earlier in the day.
Opposition lawmakers say Aso's refusal to accept the report is unprecedented and outrageous.
The report said elderly couples will need 20 million yen, or about 190,000 dollars, to make up for revenue shortfalls in their retirement. The recommendation has stoked concern about the public pension system.
The no-confidence motion says Aso has faced numerous questions about his abilities and criticism of his arrogant actions. It says he is not qualified to be a Cabinet minister.
The Diet affairs chief of the largest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, Kiyomi Tsujimoto, says Aso has caused many problems.
She cited his many gaffes and rude remarks, as well as a scandal of falsified official documents at the Finance Ministry, in addition to his refusal to accept the report. Aso also holds the post of Finance Minister.
Tsujimoto says both chambers of the Diet should strongly denounce Aso because he is not fit to serve as a member of the Cabinet.