Japan's main opposition not to join in Kan's cabinet
Sadakazu Tanigaki, leader of main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said on Saturday that his party will not join in Prime Minister Naoto Kan's Cabinet in rebuilding the country following the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and ensuing the tsunami, Xinhua reported.
Tanigaki made the remarks as Kan's Democratic Party of Japan ( DPJ) aimed to invite opposition leaders, if necessary, to enter his cabinet to stage reconstruction programs in his disaster- battered country.
The LDP leader said he is not "considering it at all," and the LDP has not received the invitation.
The LDP will try its utmost to work with the DPJ's government in coping with the aftermath of twin natural disasters and the nuclear crisis concerning the Fukushima No. 1 power station, Tanigaki told reporters at the LDP headquarters.
The ruling DPJ is mulling over the possibilities of expanding the current cabinet by adding three more state ministers to help with post-quake reconstruction programs.
While calling for cross-party cooperation, Kan is still faced with barriers set by the Cabinet Law when he increases by three the number of cabinet members to 20.
Under the law, the number of ministers, excluding the prime minister, must not exceed 17.