Business leader urges Kan to quit to pave way for grand coalition

PadangEkspres.net-TOKYO —Japan’s top business leader urged Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Monday to resign to allow his ruling Democratic Party of Japan to form a grand coalition with the Liberal Democratic Party for reconstruction following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

‘‘I would like the prime minister to sacrifice himself for reconstruction by paving the way for a grand coalition,’’ said Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, the largest business lobby known as Nippon Keidanren.

Yonekura made the statement at a press conference after Kan indicated his intention last week to resign once his administration makes tangible progress in dealing with reconstruction following the disaster.

Yonekura also said the grand coalition should work for a short period of time, until the end of this year at the latest, for legislative action on the reconstruction.

Another business leader, Yasuchika Hasegawa, chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, said in a speech Monday that a grand coalition government should focus on a narrow range of measures including the second extra budget for fiscal 2011 and comprehensive social security reform.[jt]

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