-UPDATED: September 11th, 1:55 PM Tadahiro Matsushita's suicide possibly related to revelation of extra-marital affair in tabloid magazine- Japanese Financial Services Minister Tadahiro Matsushita was found dead by police on Monday in his Tokyo home. Few details have been released at this point, but investigators say the 73 year old was found hanged in what seems most likely a suicide. As Japan's top financial regulator, Matsushita was a member of the People's New Party, which serves as a coalition partner for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda survived a no-confidence vote on Thursday that was filed against his Cabinet by several of the smaller opposition parties. Six parties were trying to protest Noda and the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)'s bill that will increase Japan's sales taxes from 5% to 10% over the next three years. The main opposition party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) had threatened over the weekend to do the same, as well as pull its support for the bill, but decided to withhold on that action for now.
Many people in Japan are angry about the current administration's unwillingness to hear vox populi concerning the restart of nuclear plants. The anxiety continues to grow over the way Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's administration has handle the issue. Some have likened the situation to the Japanese government's forceful signing of New Security Treaty with the U.S. in 1960. This demonstration is also similar to that of 1960 because it lacks a strongly ideological agenda.