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Japan PM 'could quit before August'

A senior member of Japan's ruling party says the prime minister could resign before August.

Katsuya Okada, the Democratic Party of Japan number two, told reporters that if Naoto Kan achieved three policy goals, he could step down before the end of August - the last day of the parliamentary session.

Mr Kan, criticised for his handling of the March tsunami disaster and a nuclear crisis at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, said on June 2 he was willing to resign, but has not specified when.

Mr Okada said Mr Kan's three goals were the enactment of an extra budget for post-quake reconstruction, the passage of a bill to issue deficit-covering bonds and a vote on a renewable energy bill.


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