Prime Minister Of Japan Announces Resignation As Popularity Plummets
June 2, 2010
Among his main campaign promises, and likely the reason he won the election in the first place, was the pledge to move the U.S. military base from the island of Okinawa.
The resignation has been rumored for months, especially since a large protest on the island that was believed to have had as many as 100,000 people from all over Japan in attendance.
“I apologize to all of you lawmakers here for causing enormous trouble,” he said in his resignation speech.
The move, and the unpopularity of Hatoyama, has led to a scramble from the Democratic Party of Japan to mend ties prior to a July election.
“Our politics must break with money. We must become completely clean in order to revitalise our party,” the fallen Prime Minister said.