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Japan's Problem-Ridden Ruling Party


Japan's Problem-Ridden Ruling Party

Japan's ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), will hold elections on September 22 (Xinhua) to decide the new party leader who will take over as the country's prime minister. Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda abruptly resigned (LAT) on September 1, leaving the LDP scrambling for leadership ahead of a crucial national election to be held before the end of summer 2009. This is the second Japanese prime minister in a row to have quit his post after serving less than a year in office. Fukuda's predecessor Shinzo Abe resigned in September 2007, complaining of a stomach ailment.


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