Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced Friday he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government's handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis.
In a nationally televised speech, Kan said he was stepping down as chief of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and would officially quit as prime minister after the ruling party votes Monday to pick a new leader — the country's sixth prime minister in five years.
Jesus C. 2 hours ago
Establishing one-year term limit for prime minister could avoid much needed embarrassment.
Steve 8 hours ago
Actually, all of Congress should resign too. Their approval rating is lower than Obama's. Japanese leaders seem to have more respect for the will of the people.
At least he admits he was wrong. I sat here for a while trying to think of an American politician that has ever admitted to being wrong and gave up.
I can't remember previous prime minister of my country!
It's good to hear that he resigned. I'd rather he resign than engage in ritualistic suicide.
vu 13 hours ago
Step down is the one and only one Good decicion Mr. Kan ever made but 15 months late
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" - President Truman
LAST CALL 11 hours ago
i wish the leadership in our country was as honorable as the japanese and resign their office when the public loses confidence in them.
vhn1 11 hours ago
Our politicians can learn a lesson from this..
Death Rattle 9 hours ago
Well, he did bald face lie to the world about the severity of the catastrophe right from day one.
Just a name about an hour ago
The fact is, the land of Samurai has become the land of puppets politicians who cannot pass any measure without approval of their masters.
Jon 7 hours ago
Virtually every poster her displays ignorance.
Kan promised to resign after reconstruction bills passed the Japanese parliament. He did so.
Outside the Box 8 hours ago
The Japanese people and their leaders are some of the most honorable people on this planet. Their PM has realized his country has lost faith in his leadership and as such he is stepping down in the best interest of Japan. What would Obama do?
Mad Dog 9 hours ago
The whole useless inept government of Japan should resign....Thanks for the radiation and polluted land here in Calif....morons.
Blitz45 10 hours ago
Back in the old days he would have stab himself with a knife.
Hard Core 8 hours ago
PLEASE Obama, take a lesson from this. Your approval ratings are 38% and dropping, the lowest for any President at any time. Consider a permanent vacation, on your own and not the american peoples.
John B 6 hours ago
Land of honor, wish our leader here in America would follow his lead!
Why 11 hours ago
Good man.. Wish it could be an American trait.
How many Japanese prime ministers have resigned in the last 15 years?
Japan's debt to GDP ratio is scary.