Japan Prime Minister Resigns
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda announced Monday that he will step down, citing a political stalemate in his efforts to implement key policies amid sagging support ratings, a move that comes less than one year after he launched his government and just a month after reshuffling his cabinet.
Since the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won big in the general election of September 2005 under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, this is the third time in recent years that Japan has seen its prime minister step down without a general election being called.
Fukuda, the son of former Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda, took over the government from Shinzo Abe on Sept 26 last year after Abe resigned abruptly for health reasons, having himself taken over from Koizumi a year earlier.
Lots of news coverage:
- AFP – Japan PM Fukuda resigns
- Reuters – Japan PM Fukuda quits over parliament deadlock
- AP – Japan PM resigns to avoid `political vacuum’
- Reuters – Japan begins search for new prime minister, again
Only a few days earlier, Japan had unveiled an economic plan as inflation hits decade high.