Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told ruling party leaders he wants to resign, news reports said Wednesday.
National broadcaster NHK said Abe made the announcement in a morning meeting with ruling party leaders, citing unidentified top officials of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
The reports come after Abe's scandal-scarred government lost control of the upper house of parliament in July 29 elections.
Abe, whose support ratings have plunged since he took office a year ago, was facing a battle in parliament over his efforts to extend the country's refueling mission in support of the US-led operation in Afghanistan.
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