Lawmaker: Japan PM could resign before August
Updated: 2011-06-26 13:26
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 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.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a cabinet meeting on environment and energy in Tokyo June 22, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
Kan, criticized for his handling of the March tsunami disaster and a nuclear crisis at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, said on June 2 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.
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