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Shock resignation of Japanese Prime Minister

A good chronology can be found on CNN.

Abe, diagnosed with abdominal problems caused by stress and fatigue, will continue to hold the post until his successor is named. But his hospitalization — expected to last three or four days — deepened the sense of confusion that his departure has fomented.

"Some may perhaps call my decision irresponsible," Abe said in an e-mail posted after he was admitted to a Tokyo hospital. "However, I made up my mind that it would be in the very best interests of the nation, and of the people of Japan, for me to step down from my position."

This was a shock for everyone and he is not nearly as strong as Koizumi was but to depart so early and there were a lot of hopes on him as well as Japan’s youngest Prime Minister. What worries me most is that despite the local scandals, his regional position against China and Korea was more moderate than expected despite his initial conservative stance and that infact he contributed to regional stability, a more radical right-wing crazy may not do as well and the ultra-conservatives may have been the real reason he is no longer where he is today, in other words, secretary-general Taro Aso who were not as reform minded as Abe or Koizumi and may well reverse policies.

Japanese Press statements were as follows:

Even so, "the timing of Prime Minister Abe’s resignation announcement was very surprising. Literally, he threw away power. It was unprecedented", the Asahi Shimbun said in an editorial.

"He had just reshuffled the cabinet, made his policy speech and spoken to the people of his determination" to stay in the job, the liberal daily said. "As the leader of the nation, it was unthinkably irresponsible."

The Yomiuri Shimbun also said in an editorial: "The timing is so bad that it is difficult not to criticise the prime minister as irresponsible."

"This is dereliction of power. It can’t be helped but to say it’s a totally irresponsible attitude," the Mainichi Shimbun said in an editorial.

"It is a shame that such a prime minister led the nation."

One Response to “Shock resignation of Japanese Prime Minister”

  1. Says:

    Wow, I didnt know about that.

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