Progress on the renewable energy bill and the government bond issuance bill have reassured Prime Minister Kan Naoto that the time has come to announce the date of his resignation. He told the Cabinet at its regular Tuesday meeting that he will resign on Friday (en). The DPJ will have its leadership election Monday the 29th; the Diet vote will take place the next day and a new prime minister will take office just before the buzzer sounds ending the current, extended regular Diet session.
The Kan Cabinet's ratings may be extraordinarily low right now. However, in a few years' time, the populace will likely look back at the tumultuous last 14 months with a bit more appreciation of the man and his era. Unlike his predecessors, both in the case of prime minister and in the case of the leader of the DPJ, he was not a rich man. His only forms of wealth he possessed were those decency and diligence, both of which he displayed during his term in office. He fought off not once but three times a mugging by Ozawa Ichiro, the greatest political meddler of the last 30 years. He may have been too ready to speak inconvenient truths and a terrible campaign organizer -- but at least you knew he cared about the country and its future.
May history treat him better than the domestic press ever did.
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