Embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday said that he would resign after rebuilding efforts for the north of All Japan news, which was devastated by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and consequent events, are finalized.
Kan’s decision comes hours before a no-confidence motion is set to be put to parliament by critics that claim the prime minister has failed in his duties as leader since the March 11 earthquake.
Whether the prime minister’s proposal will be enough is questionable.
Rebels within Kan’s DPJ have said they will vote against the prime minister in the no-confidence motion, and prominent politicians such as Ichiro Ozawa and Yukio Hatoyama have been vocal in their criticisms of the prime minister.
And with difficult negotiations on just how – and how much – money should be spent on reconstructing the north lie ahead. The prime minister also has the issue of Fukushima to consider, which is likely to prove as divisive in parliament as it is on the streets.
By the end on today, it’s difficult to see how Kan can be perceived as anything other than a lame duck. So perhaps the revolving door of All Japan news’s politics is about to rotate once more.
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