The move came after DPJ
leader Banri Kaieda failed to secure a consensus on his proposal to expel the former prime minister from the party at a meeting of DPJ
executives on Wednesday.
Yet the DPJ
will form the next government because of public disgust with the LDP.
As a result, the DPJ
has announced plans to revoke the LDP's guidelines for a ceiling on budget requests so as to formulate its own budget from scratch.
If the victory for Yukio Hatoyama's DPJ
is confirmed, it will put an end to more than 50 years of almost continuous rule by the LDP of Taro Aso, the prime minister.
In the densely populated prefectures surrounding Tokyo, the DPJ
took two of three seats in Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama.
Hatoyama told a press conference that NTV had asked the DPJ
to change part of the commercial, but the party did not agree.
Japan has no official relationship with Taiwan, so the DPJ
has left it up to individual lawmakers to make contact through the Japan-Taiwan parliamentary league.
We were not able to restore public trust," DPJ
leader Banri Kaieda told reporters, acknowledging the defeat of his party which has sought to maintain its standing as the country's No.
It doesn't make sense unless (enacting tax reduction-related legislation) is carried out in the next extra Diet session,'' DPJ
top policy-maker Eisei Ito said.
His departure will leave the DPJ
with 84 seats in the 242-seat House of Councillors, only one more than the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
To rebuild the DPJ
, I intend to exert myself to the utmost," Kaieda said after his victory in the party presidential election at a meeting of DPJ
lawmakers from both chambers of the Diet at a Tokyo hotel.
Kaieda, who won support from lawmakers critical of Noda, beat former transport minister Sumio Mabuchi in the day's two-man race, held after Noda announced he would step down as DPJ
head to take the blame for the House of Representatives election loss.