Abe Shinzō just indicated his intent to resign...I think.
Honestly, that has to have been the worst resignation speech I have ever heard. It wandered about without engaging the emotions, waltzing endlessly around the point.
The only saving grace: he saw that he had no more pull in Nagata-chō:
"Ozawa Ichirō turned down my invitation to a little get-together of the leaders of the parties so I decided to speak to my fellow party executives about my intentions."
Yes, when you're the PM and you ask the leader of the opposition to come and talk about a piece of legislation vital to the national interest...and the opposition leader blows you off--it is time for you to go.
Later - Curiouser and curiouser.
In his own press conference, Democratic Party leader Ozawa claimed that Abe had made no formal request to him for a meeting of the party heads.
The story of Ozawa's refusal was printed in the morning papers. What is the game here?
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