Japan: Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigns


21 Responses to “Japan: Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigns”

  1. lecti says:

    I’ve lost track of these Japanese PMs: they pretty much screw up and quit as quickly as they get elected.  What’s the point?

    • Gulliver says:

      I’ve lost track of these Japanese PMs: they pretty much screw up and quit as quickly as they get elected.  What’s the point?

      Here in the U.S. they screw up, but they usually skip the quit part.

  2. MrEricSir says:

    The resignation of CmdrTaco from Slashdot was more shocking than either of these.

  3. Antinous / Moderator says:

    In the future, everyone will be Prime Minister of somewhere for 15 minutes.

  4. disillusion says:

    As long as it’s not someone from the “Liberal Democratic Party” (which are hyper conservatives) then I’m kinda fine with it…those guys are seriously trying to destroy the Japanese economy by banning/restricting everything…

    Edit: That is to say, as long as it’s not someone from the opposing party.

  5. benher says:

    Christmas comes early for all of us in Japan! 
    See you Aki-Kan! (“Empty Kan” as he is affectionately referred to by his detractors; myself included) 
    Please take care not to let the door spank your bourgeois booty on the way out!Of course, the next Minshuto shill for the PRC/DPRK will be taking his place so I suppose I should curb my joy in a few minutes.

  6. EH says:

    Of course he resigned, who wants to hang around for all the junk that’s coming up over there? “No thanks, guys. Lemme know if you want me for any photo ops or whatever.”

    But yeah, everybody’s using Jobs as an excuse this week.

  7. jtegnell says:

    So who’s going to be the next guy to not be serious about the Fukushima disaster?

  8. Ashen Victor says:

    Ok, I also resign. Are you happy now?

  9. wow yeah. I never thought of that. As the only country in the history of the world, Japan is the only one that has ever had its cities Nuked. wow. heavy.

  10. Tepco will choose the new Japaense PM: they need someone able to tell people that Fukushima Daichii area is a nice place to live in even right now and that Japanese nuclear power plants don’t need any protection wall against Tsunami like many cities build in the last 50 years… 

  11. Mordicai says:

    Fukushima seems like a great scapegoat for natural disasters.  “We can’t stop Richter 9 quakes, but by gum, we’ll pretend like we should have.  How dare people not be ready for one of the largest earthquakes ever recovered!  By george, it just isn’t right!”  I mean, I think there were plenty of bits of the Fukushima disaster that were covered up & mismanaged, but it just screams “albatross!” to me.

  12. rowjay says:

    TO be serious for a small moment, Japan is in for some hard times in the near- and mid-future. What I’ve observed, and experienced, for the last five years is a country flailing and failing in the rigors of hierarchy and tradition; six PM’s in five years says less about their leadership than it does about the mindset of their voters. What does one do when the proper hierarchy stops working? Kan couldn’t possibly fix the basic corruption from the 1960′s through to the present that resulted in the Fukushima debacle during his short time in office. One party for fifty years is barely a democracy, but it did reflect the unity of a nation in a time when they could be unified. Time will tell how well they adapt to change, but from what I’ve seen they have a lot of trouble accepting that it’s not up to the authorities anymore, and the ability to express personal, different or radical opinions has thoroughly rusted through.

  13. Quiche de Resistance says:


  14. Daemonworks says:

    Actually, it would be bigger news if he lasted a few more months… even without the disaster.

    Thing is, becoming the prime minister in Japan is just about the fastest way to ensure that your political career comes to an untimely end.

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