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Japan leader won’t resign yet


TOKYO – Prime Minister Naoto Kan, facing a no-confidence vote in parliament, said today he will consider resigning once Japan’s efforts to recover from its earthquake and tsunami disaster take hold.

Kan told members of his party that he felt responsible for carrying through with leading the recovery. He made the comments ahead of a no-confidence vote in parliament submitted by the opposition.

“Once the post-quake reconstruction efforts are settled, I will pass on my responsibility to younger generations,” he said.

Kan, who became prime minister just a year ago, has been criticized for delays in construction of temporary housing for evacuees from the March 11 disaster, lack of transparency about evacuation information, and a perceived lack of leadership.


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