Motion demands Maruyama's resignation over Obama remarks
Jiji Press -- Feb 19
The Democratic Party of Japan and two other opposition parties on Thursday submitted a motion demanding the resignation of a ruling party lawmaker over his apparent racist remarks about U.S. President Barack Obama.

The motion was submitted to the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, of which the lawmaker in question, Kazuya Maruyama, is a member.

During an Upper House committee meeting on Wednesday, Maruyama of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said: "In the United States, a black man has become its president. I mean, he is in a bloodline of black people, who were slaves."

The remarks drew harsh criticism from within the ruling camp as well. "He deserves expulsion from the party," former Home Affairs Minister Takeshi Noda of the LDP said.

丸山議員 辞職要求に“見当違いでは”と話す
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