02 Jun '11, 5am

Japan PM Naoto Kan says he'll resign from office after getting disaster issues under control

Japan PM Naoto Kan says he'll resign from office after getting disaster issues under control

'I would like for the younger generation to take over various responsibilities once I fulfill certain roles that I need to, as I work on handling the disaster,' a solemn Mr Kan told a gathering of ruling Democratic Party lawmakers. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - JAPAN'S Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Thursday that he would resign after getting a nuclear crisis and other disaster-related matters under control, raising the chances he can survive a no-confidence vote later in the day and quell a party rebellion. Even if he stays in office a few more months, Mr Kan will struggle to forge deals with a feisty opposition in a divided parliament as the government tries to thrash out policies to rein in Japan's bulging public debt. Speaking ahead of the vote, Mr Kan said he would step down later. He gave no firm date. 'I would like for the younger generation to take over various responsib...

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