Shinzo Abe

Abe weathers no-confidence motion over faltering economy

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe easily weathered a no-confidence motion Tuesday submitted by opposition parties, as his allies agreed on postponing a sales tax hike to avoid further shocks to the stuttering economic recovery.

The defeat of the no-confidence motion, by a vote of 345 against to 124 in favor, was a foregone conclusion, thanks to the strong majority Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party holds in parliament. But opposition leaders took the opportunity to renew their attacks on the prime minister's "Abenomics" strategy for reviving the economy.

Abe is widely expected to announce on Wednesday a delay of a planned April 2017 sales tax hike to 10 percent from the...