Later - The number of votes against the motion has passed 241, 50% +1 of the full chamber. Kan is still prime minister.
Even later still - Matsuki Kenko voted for the motion. His career in the party is over.
And even later still - The final vote is 152 For, 293 Against.
A commenter asks the obvious question whether this was all a set up. A few days ago, that was the way I saw it. Then I lost faith.
I have still have a few things to learn...among them what will happen to Ozawa and all the others who were not present. Will Okada really carry through on his threat to toss the 18 abstainers out of the party?
* Yokokume, a proportional seat member of the DPJ, tried to resign from the party. However, DPJ Secretary-General Okada Katsuya refused to accept his resignation.