Photo/IllutrationPrime Minister Shinzo Abe, front far right, and other members of his Cabinet bow on June 25 after a no-confidence motion was defeated in the Lower House. (Takeshi Iwashita)

A no-confidence motion submitted by five opposition parties against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was easily defeated on June 25, paving the way for the Upper House election on July 21.

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Democratic Party for the People, the Japanese Communist Party, the Reviewing Group on Social Security Policy and the Social Democratic Party jointly submitted the motion, saying the Abe Cabinet had increased the concerns of the public about their future lives.

It touched upon a report by a panel under the Financial Services Agency that found an elderly couple would have to come up with 20 million yen ($187,000) of their own funds to supplement their public pensions to survive as well as the twisting of wage statistics by the labor ministry.

The opposition parties added that the Abe Cabinet had not reformed its willingness to cover up issues it did not want the public to know about.

Finance Minister Taro Aso said he would not accept the formal report from the FSA panel.

However, with the ruling coalition made up of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito controlling a two-thirds majority in the Lower House as well as gaining the cooperation of Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), the no-confidence motion easily fell to defeat.

June 26 marks the end of the current ordinary Diet session and with no plans to extend the session or to dissolve the Lower House, campaigning for the Upper House election is expected to begin on July 4, with voting on July 21.