Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Abe to resign as Japanese Prime Minister

Developing story!

(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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At Sep 12, 2007, 1:25:00 AM, Blogger Kami... said...

Aww... Today was to be such a HappY Day... My sisters B-day... but aww...
No wonder she didn't reply to my birthday wishes... my family is probably upset about this news :(

When it rains... it pours...
After an amazing start... rebuilding relations, renewing old ties... things really just started to fall apart all at once for Abe.

At Sep 12, 2007, 6:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really too bad. I tend to have faith in some of the younger leaders. Well, as young as you can consider Abe. He's still about as old as my parents, but compared to some of the other PMs...

I think it's too bad, some of those scandals were misdirected to Abe, which didn't help him much. If I were in his shoes, I'm not sure I would have taken the public disapproval for even this long. Members of his own party were either leaving, outed, or disowning him, even!

At Sep 13, 2007, 10:54:00 AM, Blogger Kami... said...

Abe was the first PM born after the war... He's younger then my folks.

Being born after the war, he was quite the hope for a different generation of people... trying to make Japan a place to be proud of.
With his resignation and hospitalization, the most likely candidate to step in is Taro Aso.

I don't know too much about him except for hearing his name serving under both Koizumi and Abe... but I do remember some "Controversial" remarks.
People have also called for Koizumi to come back, but the are no plans for a "come back"... although it IS an interesting thought.

Personally, I was quite saddened when I heard Abe resigned and even hospitalized... I'm still a little worried.

At Sep 13, 2007, 1:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah. I have no doubt it's a stressful job.
I feel bad for him no matter what (or if) he did.

At Sep 14, 2007, 1:23:00 PM, Blogger Kami... said...

Seems more is developing.
Aso and Fukuda are top candidates to take Abe's Position.
Fukuda with an 80 member faction backing him up vs Aso's 15.

More info found here from Mainichi Daily.


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