Mori Goes Public With Plan to Quit

Associated Press

Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, one of Japan’s most unpopular post-World War II leaders, told his Cabinet today that he will resign, but he set no date, the government’s top spokesman said.

Though Mori has long been expected to quit, this was the first time he said he would directly and publicly. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is planning an election this month to choose a successor.

The apparent top-runner to replace Mori is former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.