Japan PM could resign before August: Lawmaker

Japan PM could resign before August: Lawmaker Tokyo: A senior lawmaker of Japan's ruling party says the Prime Minister could resign before August.

Katsuya Okada, the No 2 of the Democratic Party of Japan, told reporters on Sunday that if Prime Minister Naoto Kan achieved three policy goals, he could step down before the end of August — the last day of the parliamentary session.

Kan, criticised for his handling of the March tsunami disaster and a nuclear crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant, said on June 02 he was willing to resign. But he has not specified when.

Okada said Kan's three goals are the enactment of an extra budget for post-quake reconstruction, the passage of a bill to issue deficit-covering bonds and a vote on a renewable energy bill.

Bureau Report