Noda keeps head down in debate / No clear winner as Tanigaki tests prime minister's sincerity on 3-party deal
Hiroshi Yumoto and Tohimitsu Miyai / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers
Plenty of jabs, but no knockout punch.
In the first direct battle of words between Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Liberal Democratic Party President Sadakazu Tanigaki, both leaders felt each other out as they tried to determine the other's real intentions.
During Wednesday's interpellation between the prime minister and party leaders, Noda vowed to quickly begin policy talks among his Democratic Party of Japan, the LDP and New Komeito. Tanigaki appeared more intent on confirming whether it was worth joining the policy talks.
Noda kept his humble attitude from start to finish during the interpellation, something that could not be said of Yukio Hatoyama and Naoto Kan when they …