March 01, 2010 12:02
It is becoming clearer that the promised vote for permanent foreign residents including ethnic Koreans in Japan will not be forthcoming due to opposition from right-wing groups and flagging determination in the ruling party.
After a Cabinet meeting last Friday, Interior Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi told reporters, "Because of conflicts of opinions within the ruling coalition, it's very hard for the government to submit the bill for parliamentary passage."
The Democratic Party has no majority in the upper house, and DP president Ichiro Ozawa, who has been the most powerful proponent of the bill, has been hit by a political funding scandal.
Lawmakers could propose the bill independently of the government, but that is unlikely to happen until the election for the upper house in July. Chances are that the bill will regain momentum if the DP wins the election.
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