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Japanese PM steps down
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has decided to quit after his efforts to cope with the nuclear crisis triggered by March tsunami proved unsuccessful. The PM announced his decision on the national television today.

JAPANESE PRIME Minister Naoto Kan announced on the national television today that he is planning to quit. The decision was prompted by his government’s failure to cope with the nuclear crisis that occurred in the country after the tsunami and earthquake of March 11, 2011. It has just been 15 months since Kan took up the top post.

Addressing the people, the PM said that he has decided to step down as the head of the ruling Democratic Party, automatically end his term as premier. "I resign as the party president effective today", the PM was quoted as saying by media.

The announcement did not come as surprise to the people because already in June Kan had said that he would resign soon after three important bills were passed by the Parliament. The last two bills were endorsed by the lawmakers earlier in the day today.

With Kan’s announcement, the country will now have to ready itself for a sixth premier in five years amidst the ongoing nuclear crisis.

Life became quite a struggle for the PM after he took office in June, 2010. While on the one hand was the struggle with dropping ratings, on the other was the power struggle within his part, and an aggressive opposition which had full control over the Upper House and hurdled government’s work. To add to Kan’s miseries MPs from his own party started criticising him for not being able to tackle the nuclear disaster.

The Democratic Party is set to meet on Monday to elect a new leader, who will also be the new PM.  

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