Japan PM cancels US visit, under pressure to quit

Chief Cabinet Secretary said that the trip was impossible given “Japan’s current political situation.”

Updated: Aug 19, 2011, 16:02 PM IST

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has scrapped plans to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington next month, as pressure is building up on him to resign in coming weeks.
An American newspaper quoted a top government spokesman, as saying on Friday that Japan had stopped trying to organize Kan`s trip, which was to have taken place in early September.

The spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, said that the trip was impossible given “Japan’s current political situation.”