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Kan to step down in August

Kan to step down in August

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan (file photo)

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan survived the no-confidence motion that was submitted Wednesday. I figured he would survive by a small margin, but he actually came through quite well. Apparently some less-vocal members of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party didn’t think now was the best time for a change at the top.

However, Kan plans to step down in August amidst low approval ratings and renewed calls for resignation from both the LDP and his own Democratic Party of Japan.

After stepping down in August, Kan would have survived 14 months in office, which is longer than the average prime minister, but not necessarily good for Japan.



Dustin Dye

Dustin Dye is the author of the YAKUZA DYNASTY series, available through the Amazon Kindle.

He lived in Okayama, Japan, where he taught English at a junior high school through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program for three years. He is a graduate from the University of Kansas, where he received a bachelor's degree in anthropology.

His interest in Japan began in elementary school after seeing Godzilla fight Ghidorah, the three-headed monster. But it wasn't until he discovered Akira Kurosawa's films through their spaghetti Western remakes that he truly became fascinated in the people and culture of Japan.

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