Japan’s Prime Minister Resigns

Sep 2nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

The New York Times: Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda announced on Monday night that he would resign, abruptly ending his chronically unpopular government after just a year and leaving Japan’s governing party scrambling to find fresh leadership ahead of crucial national elections.

Mr. Fukuda’s surprise announcement, made at a hastily called news conference, startled Japan and appeared to plunge the world’s second largest economy into further political confusion. Last year, Mr. Fukuda’s predecessor, the rightist Shinzo Abe, made an equally sudden resignation.

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