Kan to resign after key bills pass Diet
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Posted 8/10/11
Kan to resign after key bills pass Diet

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan says he will step down after 2 key bills are enacted, possibly in late August.

Kan has called for the passing of 3 bills that he considers vital for Japan's recovery as a condition of his resignation.

The first, the second supplementary budget, has already passed the Diet. Two remain, one for issuing deficit-covering bonds and a second promoting the use of renewable energy.

Kan was speaking on Wednesday at a lower house committee meeting, where the deficit-covering bill was discussed.

He said that once the condition is met, his Democratic Party will quickly call a presidential election. He added that when a new leader is chosen, he will resign and the Diet will select a new prime minister.

The deficit-covering bond bill was approved by the committee on Wednesday, and is likely to be enacted by August 26th.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 16:16 +0900 (JST)

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_25.html
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Posted 8/15/11 , edited 8/15/11
That pretty much short-circuited everything, but it will boost the morale of the democrats in general given the quickened pace of the re-election. I'd say the country would have been less than enthralled if they'd have to wait an extra month before seeing Kan step down from office.

Such a shame, really... and as much as I'd hate to say it's a blessing in disguise, Kan really blew it when he let the tsunami crush instead of boost his political standing.
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