Japan PM offers to quit after nuclear crisis under control

By REUTERS
June 2, 2011 09:02

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan offered to resign once he had dealt with the worst of the country's nuclear crisis and tsunami disaster, cutting a deal with party rebels to avert defeat in a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Thursday.

Kan's offer to step down, probably in the autumn, was made just hours before the vote was due to take place and gives him time to prepare an extra budget to pay for the rebuilding cost of the March 11 disaster.

Kyodo news agency said the no-confidence motion was now certain to be voted down.


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