Japan's Prime Minister Steps Down After U.S. Base Flap

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama says he is resigning.

Hatoyama told a news conference broadcast nationwide on Wednesday that he will step down over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa.

After eight months in office, the embattled prime minister has faced growing pressure from within his own party to resign ahead of July elections.

His approval ratings have plummeted over the bungling of handling the Marine Air Station Futenma, reinforcing his public image as an indecisive leader.


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  • by Andy Nonomus Location: Greenville on Jun 2, 2010 at 04:47 AM
    Let me just first say that I am a military veteran. I proudly served my country and would do so again if asked. I do not understand why we have bases in foreign countries any more. North Korea is the biggest "Country" that we have to worry about. There is no reason to have bases in Japan, Turkey, England, Germany or any other place except in the United States. Pull our guys out of these foreign lands and bring them back to the US and let them help secure our borders. Our biggest threat will walk into our country.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2010 at 03:49 AM
    I like that Ted. Maybe the American President should. There have been too many broken promises. It's too bad that our President doesn't hold his own words as high as this Prime Minister did.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Jun 2, 2010 at 03:12 AM
    Didn't the American President promise something similar? Maybe he should step down also.
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