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PM Abe quits

September 12th, 2007 . by Matt

Although he says his resignation has something to do with the war on terror, it probably has more to do with the beating his party took in the elections, and endless scandals in his cabinet, which even had a suicide.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today said he was resigning because there would be a better chance of continuing Japan’s support for US military operations in Afghanistan under a new leader.

“I determined today that I should resign,” Mr Abe told a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo.

“We should seek a continued mission to fight terrorism under a new prime minister.”

Japanese ships are refuelling US-led coalition vessels in the Indian Ocean under a mandate that expires on November 1.

On Sunday, Mr Abe indicated he would step down if he failed to extend Japan’s support for the operation.

The main opposition Democratic Party has vowed to oppose an extension and had been preparing to grill Mr Abe on the topic in Parliament this afternoon.

In announcing his resignation, the 52-year-old cited the ruling party’s heavy defeat in July elections that handed the opposition control of the upper house of Parliament.

He said he had instructed party leaders to search for a new premier. He did not announce a date for his departure from office.

“In the present situation it is difficult to push ahead with effective policies that win the support and trust of the public,” he said.

“I have decided that we need a change in this situation.”


9 Responses to “PM Abe quits”

  1. comment number 1 by: egg

    It is a pity because he has been doing good jobs saying about a foreign policy. Domestic probrems such as personnel matters and pension probrems etc damaged him a lot.
    Personally I think he shouldn`t have resigned yet, considering that he could still pass laws in the parliment. (The majority party still holds 2/3 in the lower house, so even if the upper house rejected some bills, lower house can still pass them by voting again with approval of 2/3.) It seems to me he hasn`t done his best yet.
    I guess being a PM is quite a heavy duty so I don`t want to criticize him, but I must say he didn`t have the guts. Pity.

  2. comment number 2 by: General Tiger

    egg:

    It is a pity because he has been doing good jobs saying about a foreign policy.

    I’m not sure if angering Korea and China is a good foreign policy.

    I guess being a PM is quite a heavy duty so I don`t want to criticize him, but I must say he didn`t have the guts. Pity.

    In a way, he was a “crown prince,” which pretty much took a toll on his stability as a prime minister. Unfortunate, really.

  3. comment number 3 by: ponta

    I’m not sure if angering Korea and China is a good foreign policy.

    If anything China has been friendly to Abe.
    And so far Chinese people, it seems, regret that Abe
    resigned.
    http://news.searchina.ne.jp/disp.cgi?y=2007&d=0912&f=politics_0912_001.shtml

    Korea is angry at Japan no matter who become Japanese PM and happy with KJI—-mysterious,

  4. comment number 4 by: egg

    General Tiger
    Thank you for your responce.

    I’m not sure if angering Korea and China is a good foreign policy.

    I am not sure whether Abe angered S.Korea and China or not.
    But considering about China, he improved the relationship declaring that we are strategic partners. And I won`t disagree with that. I think it will be ideal, if we can.
    Adding to the above, he managed to strengthen the relationships with Australia and India, which are quite significant democratic countries in the region.
    To say further, he has stated clearly that considering Taiwang as a part of China is wrong to the UN.
    If you don`t call these good jobs, what will you?
    I am sorry to say but S.Korea is not the only country which we have relationship with. I hope to have good relationship with S.Korea too, but if it costs more than it benefits us, we don`t need it. (I guess it is the same with the relationship between us and the USA.) I might be wrong but even if our government declared your country to be an enemy of us, present circumstances will not change. Can you suggest what we will lose? What is your country doing for us politicaly?
    I am quite sad to say this against you and I guess I am quite rude. But these are my honest opinions. Co-operating against China is ideal (and I don`t want to see the Chinese fleets floating in the East sea), but can we (especially when your country seems to take the shoulders of China)?
    .
    I think highly of you, I respect you and I want to be a friend with you. But at the same time our home country differs. The interest of our country is not always the same. Sad and pity.
    .
    Rest of your comments, I agree. I respect your accurate recognition.

  5. comment number 5 by: Ken

    I do not concur with him in the cultural conservatism but he has attained so many as such short term PM beginning with democratic countries’ alliance in Asia to surround totalitarian league.
    His speach to have appreciated for their praying for the victims on every A-bomb day etc. in India will be transmitted generation to generation.
    Even though China might have been offended by such actions, they know diplomatic language to the leader of a country as follows.
    http://news.searchina.ne.jp/disp.cgi?y=2007&d=0912&f=politics_0912_001.shtml
    Taiwan expressed even appreciation as follows.
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20070912-00000216-jij-int
    On the other hand, Korea seems to have only interest in whether it is favored to her or not as follows.
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20070912-00000038-yonh-kr

  6. comment number 6 by: General Tiger

    egg:

    If you don`t call these good jobs, what will you?

    It seems like I need to look into Abe’s foriegn policies more. I apologize for my short-sighted comment.

  7. comment number 7 by: sakovich

    The prime minister was admitted to the hospital today on his doctor’s instructions. He’s been seeing a doctor for a while.

    His method and timing of resignation should have made something like this apparent.

  8. comment number 8 by: sakovich

    The prime minister was admitted to the hospital today on his doctor’s instructions. He’s been seeing a doctor for a while.

    His method and timing of resignation should have made something like this apparent.

  9. comment number 9 by: egg

    General Tiger
    I was rather drunk when I wrote the post above. Sorry for being rude and stimulous. And please don`t worry.