Japan’s unpopular Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has announced his resignation. His Democratic party is struggling to revive its chances ahead of a July election.
Pressure has been growing among his party colleagues for him to go only eight months in the job.
Political rows, including the recent departure of a tiny leftist party from the ruling coalition, has distracted the government as it thrashes out a plan to cut a huge public debt
The party’s secretary-general is also stepping down.