The Japanese Prime Minister, Masayoshi Ohira, has said the political crisis in Japan will not deter his country from co-operating with the United States and Western Europe on Iran and Afghanistan.
GV EXTERIOR Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo
CU INTERIOR PULL BACK TO GV Prime Minister Ohira enters room and sits facing newsmen
CU Mr Ohira speaking in Japanese
LV AND CU Photographers and newsmen (2 shots)
CU AND TV Mr Ohira replies to questions (2 shots)
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Background: The Japanese Prime Minister, Masayoshi Ohira, has said the political crisis in Japan will not deter his country from co-operating with the United States and Western Europe on Iran and Afghanistan. And he indicated that Japan, Iran's largest trading partner, will join with the European Economic (EEC) to impose sanctions against the Iranians.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Ohira called a news conference at his official residence on Monday (19 May), a few hours after the Japanese Lower House of Parliament was dissolved before elections on June the 22nd. On Friday (16 May), the House passed a no-confidence motion in Mr Ohira's administration after sixty-nine dissidents in the Liberal Democratic Party failed to turn up for the vote.
Mr. Ohira told newsmen that, although his Government had fallen, Japan would not relax in its efforts to tackle the Iranian and Afghan issues in co-operation with the United States and Western Europe. He had ordered "concrete measures to implement the Government's fundamental policy" on the two issues. An official decision no whether Japan will introduce sanctions against Iran will be taken on Friday (23 May). Mr Ohira said earlier he would attend the summit of industrial democracies in Venice later next month (June).
The newsmen also heard the caretaker Prime Minister attack his rivals with in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party -- in particular two former Prime Ministers, Mr Takeo Fukuda, and Mr Takeo Miki. They were among the conservatives who abstained from voting in the Diet. Mr Ohira threatened to take disciplinary action against the rebels, and suggested that dissidents should not be given a party ticket for the election.