Japan’s Hatoyama Steps Down over Base Row

Updated On: Jun 02, 2010

According to national broadcaster NHK, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will announce his resignation at an emergency plenary meeting of ruling party lawmakers later today. Hatoyama’s broken campaign promise to move a US Marine base off Okinawa caused protests to erupt and approval ratings for the Democratic Party of Japan to drop severely.

This announcement comes after Hatoyama held a meeting with DPJ party members where despite calls by his members to resign, he vowed to continue in his post.

Japan PM Hatoyama Pledges to Stay On, but Future Uncertain [The Wall Street Journal, 31 May 2010]
Hatoyama Resigns over Base Row [The Wall Street Journal, 2 June 2010]

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