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Kan again signals hes ready to step down

Date Posted: 2011-08-12

Japans Prime Minister is again sending signs to members of his Democratic Party of Japan and the Diet that hes still in the mood to resign his post.

My thoughts of turning over my job to the next generation has not changed one bit, says Kan, whos been uttering statements about resigning for months, but not showing signs of setting a date. Kan is now telling his Cabinet that hes still planning to step down after the Diet passes two key bills that would permit the government to promote renewable energy sources and one that would authorize the government to issue debt-covering bonds this fiscal year.

Both opposition lawmakers and many within his own ruling party have been calling for Kan to step aside for months. The opposition Liberal Democratic Party has criticized his performance to the point that even Kans fellow DPJ members consider him a liability with elections coming up in September. Kans first promises to step down earlier this year were dashed when the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck eastern Japan.

Kan, whos poll numbers continued to plummet through the Spring, said again in June hed resign once significant progress was made in rebuilding the earthquake-and-tsunami zone, and after the Diet passed bills he considered essential.

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