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Jun 2, 2011

Japan PM to offer to resign in autumn or later – report

TOKYO (Reuters) – Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan — in danger of losing a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday — will offer to resign later this year after dealing with a nuclear crisis and other urgent matters related to the massive March earthquake and tsunami, domestic media reported.

Even if Kan — Japan’s fifth premier in as many years — survives, a growing split within the ruling party would further handicap efforts to push policies through parliament, including politically sensitive tax reforms.

Jun 1, 2011

Japan PM Kan risks losing no-confidence vote as MPs rebel

TOKYO, June 2 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan
was at risk of losing his job after rebels in his own party said
they would back a no-confidence motion on Thursday, threatening
political chaos as the government struggles to contain a nuclear
crisis.

Even if Kan — already Japan’s fifth premier in as many
years — survives, the ruling party split will further handicap
efforts to implement policies in a divided parliament, including
tax reforms needed to rein in massive public debt.

Jun 1, 2011

Newsmaker -Japan’s PM Kan – a fighter with few political friends

TOKYO (Reuters) – Unpopular Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan needs a little help from his friends. Trouble is, he doesn’t seem to have many.

Kan, who took office just a year ago, may survive a looming no-confidence vote and ruling party rebellion, but his clout could well be weakened as he tries to contain a nuclear crisis and rebuild from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Jun 1, 2011

Japan’s PM Kan: a fighter with few political friends

TOKYO (Reuters) – Unpopular Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan needs a little help from his friends. Trouble is, he doesn’t seem to have many.

Kan, who took office just a year ago, may survive a looming no-confidence vote and ruling party rebellion, but his clout could well be weakened as he tries to contain a nuclear crisis and rebuild from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Jun 1, 2011

Japan PM faces party rebellion; no-confidence vote looms

TOKYO (Reuters) – Rebels in Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s party on Wednesday cranked up pressure on the unpopular leader as he struggled with a nuclear crisis, threatening to back an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion if he refused to step down.

Many analysts say Kan is likely to survive the vote in parliament, expected on Thursday, but that he will still face big hurdles implementing policies, including an extra budget to pay for rebuilding after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

May 31, 2011

Japan PM, facing no-confidence vote, says won’t quit

TOKYO (Reuters) – Unpopular Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Tuesday refused to step down in the face of a no-confidence motion in parliament this week, saying he wanted first to resolve the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

Analysts say Kan would probably survive the vote, which could be submitted on Wednesday, but add he would still face big hurdles pushing policies through a divided parliament, including an extra budget to help pay for the recovery from damage caused by the March earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant and devastated northeast Japan.

May 31, 2011

Japan recovery takes hold, but debt downgrade looms

TOKYO, May 31 (Reuters) – Japan’s economy offered more signs
of recovery from the deadly March earthquake on Tuesday, but
Moody’s ratings agency warned both growth and government action
may fall short of what is necessary to bring Tokyo’s ballooning
debt back under control.

Industrial output rose 1 percent last month after a record
plunge immediately after the magnitude 9.0 quake and a tsunami
it set off, and companies said they planned to further crank up
output in May-June, bringing it close to pre-disaster levels.

May 30, 2011

Scenarios: Policy confusion in store as Japan PM faces vote

TOKYO (Reuters) – Unpopular Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan faces a likely vote on a no-confidence motion this week over his handling of the nation’s nuclear crisis and other challenges, raising the risk of more policy confusion in the world’s third-biggest economy.

Below are scenarios for how the political saga could play out and their policy implications.

May 30, 2011

Scenarios – Policy confusion in store for Japan PM

TOKYO (Reuters) – Unpopular Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan faces a likely vote on a no-confidence motion this week over his handling of the nation’s nuclear crisis and other challenges, raising the risk of more policy confusion in the world’s third-biggest economy.

Below are scenarios for how the political saga could play out and their policy implications.

May 30, 2011

Japan voters want PM to go as no-confidence vote looms

TOKYO (Reuters) – Seventy percent of Japanese voters want to get rid of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, a survey showed Monday, marking more bad news for the unpopular government chief likely to face a no-confidence vote as early as this week.

Kan is under fire for his handling of the humanitarian aid to victims of an earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast on March 11 and the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years triggered by the disaster.

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