Fukuda, in a hastily arranged evening news conference, said he was stepping down to avoid a "political vacuum" as the deeply troubled government heads into a special parliamentary session later in the month.
"I felt that we must particularly stress the importance of the economy," Fukuda said in the nationally televised address. "If it will help even a little bit to make the parliamentary session go smoother, I decided that it might be better for someone other than me to be in the lead."
Source: Malaysian Insider
Japan prime minister would step down if he believed that it can help even a little bit to make the parliamentary session go smoother to address the economic problem. Fukuda said his decision to resign was because he thinks it is better for someone else to lead the nation through the difficult times.
The Japanese leaders always have the nation at heart. Self sacrifice is their culture and values.
We have a lot to learn. Our values: greed, power and position - self-gratification and blame those who are successful.
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