While most politicians in the world do everything to stay in power amidst criticism, protests and rebellion, Japan is perhaps the only country in the world where leaders rule successively only for a matter of months or years.
Yukio Hatoyama resigned after being pressured by his Democratic Party of Japan to step down after a failure to fulfill his promise to move American base in Okinawa elsewhere.
A few days ago, Mr. Hatoyama insisted he would not quit his post but would try to iron out the issue with his party members. On Wednesday, June 2, he announced his decision in an emotional telecast address saying that he wanted to change Japanese politics but admitted of his "failings".
I have been following Japanese politics since I started being an ESL teacher to Japanese people almost three years ago. I think this is the fourth time Japan's prime minister resigned in a period of four years.
News source: BBC News UK