Japanese PM to call for general election - CNN.com

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso will dissolve the lower house of parliament this month and call for general elections in August, the government said Monday.

Prime Minister Taro Aso, a former foreign minister, became prime minister in September.

Hours later, the main opposition party said it, along with three others, submitted a no-confidence motion against Aso and his Cabinet.

The lower house of the Diet will be dissolved the week of July 21; elections for new lawmakers will be held on August 30, said Jun Matsumoto, the chief Cabinet spokesman.

The beleaguered prime minister has faced increasing pressure from within his party, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), to step down as his approval rating plummets amid Japan's worsening economy.

On Sunday, the LDP suffered a huge defeat in local elections, when it lost its majority in the Tokyo assembly to the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and its coalition partner.

While the race for the Tokyo assembly does not affect the Diet, it was the fifth successive local election loss for the LDP -- and a further sign that Aso's party is losing the confidence of the populace.
This article goes on to say that the last two PM's from Aso's party both resigned after less than a year in office. I am not an expert on Japan, so someone tell me, is there corruption problems in Japan, or is the Liberal Democratic Party simply falling apart?