Japanese PM plans to resign by August: media

13:55, June 05, 2011      

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Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan plans to step down by August, Kyodo News reported on Saturday, citing aides sources.

Japan's opposition parties submitted the no-confidence motion against Kan Wednesday, in a bid to bring down the Prime Minister due to his unsatisfactory handling of post-quake crisis.

Kan survived a no-confidence vote on Thursday after he said he would step down once the country's recovery from the great earthquake and tsunami takes hold at a party meeting just before the vote.

However, ruling and opposition lawmakers slammed Kan on Friday, as he hinted that he would remain in power until around January, when the crippled Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant reaches the target of being under control.

Kan's predecessor Yukio Hatoyama, who supported the premier and voted against the no-confidence motion on Thursday on condition that Kan would quit soon, denounced Kan for backpedaling on his word, saying Kan "should not act like a crook."

Hatoyama threatened to "take action," saying he will call for a general assembly of all DPJ lawmakers from both houses of parliament to grill Kan if he refuses to heed calls for his early resignation.

Source: Xinhua

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