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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced he is resigning after less than a year in office.
Mr Abe had faced growing calls to go since his Liberal Democrats lost the upper house, but had held out, saying he wanted to push through reforms.
Visibly distressed, he told a packed news conference that Japan needed a new leader to "fight against terrorism".
Originally posted by infinite
Well, the Prime Minister of Japan has been hit by a string of scandals, lost the second chamber in the recent elections and his party lost faith in him.
And, the parliament won't support increasing the mandate of troops in Afghanistan.
I don't blame him for resigning. He was a weak Prime Minister.
Originally posted by section8citizen
I agree the PM's political problems are very well documented and he went on record saying he would resign if the troop increase was not approved. This news did not comer as a shock to anyone, but I do find the timing of this very interesting.
Originally posted by mel1962
Is this the "elvis" guy, if so good riddens what a joke!