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Japan’s prime minister steps down over US base row

• AP
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned Wednesday to improve his party’s chances in an election next month, after his popularity plunged over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base.

Finance Minister Naoto Kan, who has a clean and defiant image, emerged as a likely successor. He signaled he intends to run for leadership of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan at a party meeting to be held Friday.


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