Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Left Masthead
February 12, 2016
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

The U.S. Military Suffers from Affluenza

The Story of Autism

Truthdig Bazaar
If I Were Another: Poems

If I Were Another: Poems

By Mahmoud Darwish

more items

Ear to the Ground
Print this item

Japanese PM Resigns

Posted on Sep 12, 2007
Shinzo Abe
AP Photo / David Guttenfelder

Sayonara:  Abe’s party, the Liberal Democrats, said it would hold an election on Sept. 19 to choose a new leader who, given the party’s control of the lower house of Parliament, will automatically become Japan’s next prime minister.

Japan’s unpopular prime minister, Shinzo Abe, abruptly announced on Wednesday that he is stepping down.  While Abe’s resignation sounds like it should be welcome news, given his lack of public and official support, it looks like even his exit strategy has caused controversy.

The New York Times:

Mr. Abe, deeply unpopular, had already been written off by Japan’s political establishment and news media, his political future measured in months. But the resignation’s timing—three days after the start of a parliamentary session—stunned Japan. It drew accusations of irresponsibility from inside and outside his party, and threw the country’s already tense political situation into further disarray.

“In the current situation, it will be quite difficult to forcefully pursue policies based on the people’s support and trust,” Mr. Abe said, seeming at one point on the verge of tears.

Read more

More Below the Ad


Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

By Enemy of State, September 12, 2007 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

Goodbye Abe. We hardly knew you.

Report this

By QuyTran, September 12, 2007 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment

We really hope that Bush could follow PM Abe’s example.

Report this

By nefertiti, September 12, 2007 at 11:22 am Link to this comment

That s the beauty of True Democracy , when leaders screw up they do the right thing and resign , unlike our Leaders in the Arab world , scandal after scandal plague them and their families , they read our disgust and our curses on the net (now ) but they remain in power whether we like it or not , most are in their 70s or close .. (many planning to pass the power to their sons , yes even presidents ) i wish the west abandonned the dictators until they truly reformed .

Report this
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network

Like Truthdig on Facebook