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DPJ, LDP agree on passage of bills, paving way for Kan to step down

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Public opinion polls have favored the former high-profile foreign minister Seiji Maehara, but he has not yet voiced clear intentions.

I thought Maehara had to step down a few months ago for accepting bribes.

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"step down"...how about just letting him drop. Noda- no idea about anything. Maehara will go to war with China or Russia or Korea. Japan is doomed. Hashimoto or Horimon.

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Put Ozawa in, so we can have another in a week afterwards

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Just one more reason Japan will always be in trouble! Fortunately, the Japanese are eating noodles and have no idea that this is not just a Downtown Batsu game!

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Bye-bye Kan. The people's champion of the foreign community - bitterly hated by the Japanese. Maybe he should take his leadership to rule over a western nation?

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Khan may not be the greatest PM in town, but who else is there ?? Stick with Khan if we can.

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Khan may not be the greatest PM in town, but who else is there ?? Stick with Khan if we can.

Quite right RedMango. Beware the Wrath of Khan.

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So when he steps down he will do the honorable thing and go to Fukushima to help with the clean up right? I did not think so. Will likely be moving to Okinawa or out of the country with all his family.

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I would like to see Maehara or Hosono as the next PM to stay for good. At least those are young and honest.

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Mabuchi, the Terminator, is not bad for the next PM. The way he says things is very direct and clear.

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No matter who the next prime minister is, he will be under fire to step down and call for new elections. The Liberal Democrats and New Komeito are eagerly awaiting their return to power ... so that they can once again drain money from the Government's many coffers ... which is, of course, our money (taxes, Social Security money, pension money, etc.) ...

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So those who used blackmail to achieve their end result are no better than a common criminal. Those who attacked Mr Kan for their own personal objective. Well Mr Kan, whatever does happen regarding your future and I hope you do stay on, but at least you have qualities that all your predecessors have lacked, that was honesty and integrity and an honest concern for the people of Japan. I believed you cared. You have had to fight not only the opposition,but also those of your own party,plus the media, the media has played a big role, to attack you at every opportunity , and who said media was non political,what a joke.

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WHO CAN GET THE MOST KICKBACKS

conservative opposition and some members of his own party to step down over his handling of the March 11 quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters

Fighting over housing construction contracts and etc. That`s what the fight is all about that.

Favors for friends to get more rich. Kan looks like he`s not in it for the money.

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Now that news of his criminal responsibility in covering up the extent of the Fukushima nuclear damage I've no doubt he wants to run away. Question is, who will replace him for the Japanese 8 months to one year and a half PM cycle?

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I would like to see Maehara or Hosono as the next PM to stay for good. At least those are young and honest.

Wasn't fatherless Maehara forced to resign because he's a liar and corrupt, while the pretty-boy hosano has lied to Japanese on TV and played down the threat to their health?

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Perhaps its time to hold an election and let the people decide who and which political party should lead the country.

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Not headline news...just don't waste money on elections....JanKenPon (Rock-Paper-Scissors) !

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Kan! Fire all phasers!

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Anyone who is hoping the next PM will be significantly better than the last five is simply not grasping reality. Japan and its political system in its current form is simply not capable of providing a strong leader. Raising generations of mama's-boys who rise through the ranks by simply "playing politics" rather than actually accomplishing anything as a legislator or minister is coming home to roost. And will continue to do so for at least a decade or more.

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Wasn't fatherless Maehara forced to resign because he's a liar and corrupt

No, he was forced to resign because he accepted a donation from a South Korean woman who is a permanent resident in Japan. As the Economist suggested, all this showed was how Koreans are poorly treated in Japan, even if Japan is their home.

If Maehara doesn't want to throw his hat into the ring that's fine, but I think he should be allowed the chance to do so.

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After Kan, TEPCO will go back to YO-YO business again and unnessesary construction projects will start all over again.

I am sorry I cannot think of anyone. Everyone seems to be too long for a wrist band and too short for a belt.

Very unfortunate.

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Can i right understand that position of PM in Japan is toy for child? May be parliament must be more responsible? What problem Kan create for Japan?

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Unbelievable stupidity, 5 months and people still live in cardboard boxes, while the "Leaders squabble" it's disgusting thought this sort of politics had ended. In an advanced country!

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Christina: "Perhaps its time to hold an election and let the people decide who and which political party should lead the country."

They could hold an election tomorrow, and not only could you or I not vote, but the people in my town would have TWO choices -- LDP or DPJ. My neighbour, for example, HATES the LDP but has no choice but to vote for them because they are in the same circles and he cannot vote for the party he likes directly.

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