It took 54 years for Japan’s politics to produce a viable opposition party, and 39 months for it to self-destruct after winning power, splintering prospects for an enduring policy-driven two-party system.
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said he will consider his political future and do “what’s best for the people of Japan” after polls showed four in five voters want him to step down six weeks before mid-term elections.
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama , who ended five decades of mostly single-party rule when he took power in August, resigned today as public criticism mounted over his handling of U.S. troop deployments in Okinawa.
Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama quit less than nine months after a landslide election victory as funding scandals and a broken promise to relocate U.S. troops cost him the support of four in five voters.
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama decided to honor an agreement to relocate a U.S. military base within Okinawa, saying threats from countries such as North Korea trump local sentiment to shift it elsewhere.