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Japan PM Resigns After ‘Broken Promise’

From a context free Associated Press:

Japan’s prime minister steps down over US base row

By Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press Writer

June 2, 2010

TOKYO – Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned Wednesday to improve his party’s chances in an election next month, after his popularity plunged over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base

Imagine having a head of government resign over breaking a campaign promise.

By the way, is Guantanamo closed yet? Have we left Iraq? Are taxes being raised on people making less than $250,000? Has the economy recovered? Do we have full employment?

Have the sea levels stopped rising?

Sweeping into office just eight months ago by defeating the long-ruling conservatives, Hatoyama captured the imagination of many Japanese voters with his promises to bring change and transparency to government, as the country grappled with economic stagnation and an aging, shrinking population.

So when he failed to deliver on his pledge to move the Marine Air Station Futenma off the southern island of Okinawa and his staff got ensnared in a political funding scandal, his approval ratings rapidly sank, falling below 20 percent.

"He could not live up to the huge expectations," said Tetsuro Kato, professor of politics at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. "He just proved himself to be a rich kid without experience and leadership skills.

"The expectations were so great, the disappointment was also great," he added.

Hatoyama, a professor-like millionaire with a Ph.D in engineering from Stanford University, is the fourth Japanese prime minister to resign in four years. Viewed as somewhat aloof and eccentric by the Japanese public, he earned the nickname "alien."

"Since last year’s elections, I tried to change politics in which the people of Japan would be the main actors," Hatoyama told a news conference broadcast nationwide. But he conceded his efforts fell short and people stopped listening to him.

"That’s mainly because of my failings," he said.

Luckily, there are no parallels to our own situation in the US.

Analysts say the new prime minister faces an enormously challenging and unenviable job of steering his party through an extremely difficult election and minimizing the damage.

The leader would have to woo a disenchanted public, disgusted over Hatoyama’s indecisiveness and broken promises

Hideto Sakaoka, a 54-year-old company employee, says he isn’t voting for the DPJ [the Democrat Party Of Japan] again.

"We cannot let Hatoyama lead Japan," he said. "His words and actions always kept changing, and I don’t trust him anymore."

Nope, there are no similarities at all.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Japan PM Resigns After ‘Broken Promise’”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    I wish we could find a way to entertain the troops on the base so they never spend a dime in local establishments. It is horrible that a few service personnel abuse the locals but the local economy owes much to the US presence.
    We should level the base and move to the proposed location, then make entertaining You Tube videos of the idiots as they realize the mistake they made by kicking us out.

  2. Gil says:

    The head of Germany and now the head of Japan.. this is becoming a trend.

  3. Gil says:

    German President Horst Koehler Steps Down
    Published May 31, 2010/AP

    BERLIN — In a surprise announcement, German President Horst Koehler resigned Monday after being criticized for remarks in which he appeared to link military deployments abroad with the country’s economic interests.

    Koehler’s decision came only a year into his second term..

    Koehler, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats who has been president since 2004.

    “This criticism lacks any basis,” Koehler said at the president’s Bellevue palace alongside his wife, Eva Luise. “It also is lacking in the necessary respect for the presidential office.”


  4. JohnMG says:

    ….”Nope, there are no similarities at all…..”

    They do differ in one respect. At least this guy has the decency to resign.

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