Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigns

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced his resignation as party leader, clearing the way for Japan's sixth leader in five years.

He announced his resignation at a gathering of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan lawmakers.

Mr Kan has been criticised for failing to show leadership after the devastating 11 March earthquake and tsunami, and ensuing nuclear crisis.

  • 26 Aug 2011