Foreign Minister resigns
Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has resigned amid allegations that he accepted campaign donations from a foreign national, something which is forbidden under election law.
The move has plunged Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s government into further problems. Recently 16 members of his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) decided to remove themselves from the parliamentary party and he has struggled to get key budget requirements through the lower house in time for the 1st April deadline.
Prime Minister Kan is the prime minister since 2006 and with his popularity ratings said to be standing at 20% it is difficult to see how much longer he can remain. Although he had previously threatened a snap general election, he has backed away from that suggestion in recent days.