Tokyo: Opposition lawmakers on Sunday sought an explanation from Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama over an alleged political donations scandal involving the premier.
"We want him to give an explanation in the Diet," Jiro Kawasaki, Diet affairs chief of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, said on a TV program.
Yoshio Urushibara, chairman of the New Komeito party`s Diet Policy Committee, concurred with Kawasaki, while Keiji Kokuta, parliamentary affairs chief of the Japanese Communist Party, criticised Hatoyama for being "irresponsible as a politician”.
Masamichi Kondo, head of Diet affairs in the House of Councillors for the Social Democratic Party, a member of the ruling coalition led by Hatoyama`s Democratic Party of Japan, also called on Hatoyama to explain himself.
"The Prime Minister must be held accountable to some degree," Kondo said.
"We do not think he has done enough, so we hope he will take the opportunity to fulfil his accountability."
Prosecutors suspect that more than JPY 300 million may have been falsely declared in Hatoyama`s political funds