Abe to resign as Japanese Prime Minister
(CNN): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation at a Wednesday news conference.
Since reshuffling his cabinet two weeks ago, Abe has lost four party members to scandals.
There have been very few bright days for Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) since they lost control of the upper house of Japan's parliament to the opposition in July's elections.
Since reshuffling his cabinet two weeks ago, Abe has lost four party members to scandals: his new agricultural minister (the second in a month); a deputy foreign minister; a mid-ranking parliamentarian; and a newly elected member of Japan's upper house have all resigned over allegations of financial or electoral misconduct.
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